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FEATURE 2010 Common Sense, Common Safety


Lord Young's report was published on 15th October 2010 and set out a series of recommendations for improving the way health and


safety is applied in Great Britain and for reviewing the perceived


‘compensation culture’. The review, commissioned by the Prime


Minister, David Cameron, had a wider remit than HSE’s sphere of responsibility, however HSE


welcomed Lord Young’s review and offered its support.


2006 Workplace Health Connect launched


Workplace Health Connect was launched in February 2006 as a two-year pilot project to give


advice on workplace health, safety and return to work issues. The


1992 Time For A Rethink


Whilst the recession bit, and Charles and Diana split, the health and safety industry was busy making 1992 a year to remember. Wide ranging workplace regulations were laid


before Parliament on 8th December, although they didn’t come into force until January 2003. Those


Regulations now apply to the majority of workplaces and cover many workplace issues, including worker rest periods and ideal air conditions.


1992 also saw the introduction of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations and the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations. A major review of regulation was also commissioned


to check whether existing legislation was still relevant. The review found that, while there was widespread support for the framework of


health and safety legislation, much of the current law was seen as


“too voluminous, complicated and fragmented”.


2000 Revitalise, Revitalise, Revitalise


The Revitalising Health and Safety Strategy Statement was published in June 2000 to mark the start of the 10-year campaign of the


same name. Another strategy was launched in February 2004 to set a new direction for the role of the HSC, HSE and Local Authorities. A further strategy was unveiled in 2009 after it failed to make a significant impact.


advice given by the pilot was free, confidential and practical and was aimed at small and medium sized businesses. The pilot ended in February 2008.


2012 Fee for Intervention (FFI) HSE's cost recovery scheme,


known as the Fee for Intervention (FFI), came into force on 1st October 2012. FFI allowed the HSE to recoup its costs against those who contravene health and


safety laws, although it has called the body’s impartiality into question.


2011


Lőfstedt report published Professor Ragnar Lőfstedt’s


independent review of health and safety legislation was published


in November 2011. The report was commissioned by Employment


Minister, Chris Grayling, as part of the Government’s plan to overhaul the health and safety system in Britain. The report considered


ways in which health and safety legislation could be combined, simplified or reduced so that


the burden on British businesses could be alleviated.


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