About the Conference
In 2011 the coalition government commissioned Professor Ragnar Löfstedt of King’s College London, aided by an independent panel, to review the so-called ‘burden’ on business of health and safety legislation. There was a call for evidence in July 2011, and ‘Reclaiming health and safety for all: an independent review of health and safety legislation’ was published in October 2011.
The report made a number of recommendations including simplifying the Approved Codes of Practice, and reviewing and consolidating a number of sector-specific regulations. A timetable of further tasks has now been put into place including plans to revoke regulations deemed to be ‘unnecessary’.
Although the world of work has certainly changed since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974 there is no reason to believe that the level of risk has diminished. The types of risks faced by workers and the gross numbers of injuries, illnesses and fatalities reported remain unacceptable in a civilized society.
In its response to the Löfstedt Review, three IER experts commented “While the government had implied a thoroughgoing undermining of health and safety law as a bureaucratic brake on business activity, the Review suggests no such thing. In fact, it largely endorses the current regulatory framework for health and safety and consequently does not appear to represent an explicit attempt to weaken its foundations”.
The questions are, will the recent review of health and safety and the report it generated, help to reduce accidents and injuries at work? What recommendations does the Löfstedt report make and will those recommendations help develop or dismantle the UK’s health and safety regime?
Conference papers are now available to download below.
The following links may also be useful for those particularly interested in the gender issues discussed by Susan Murray, Health and Safety Officer at UNITE.
TUC Gender and OHS pages
ILO Providing Safe and Healthy workplaces for Women and Men
WHO toolkit Gender, Work and Health
European Agency for Safety and Health Gender factsheet
HSE Equality Objectives
HSE Gender pages
David Whyte, University of Liverpool
The Lofstedt Review:A critical evaluation
James Taylor, Prospect HSE Branch Vice Chair
What Lofstedt means for the people who enforce the law
George Guy, UCATT
Construction industry, health and safety from the front line
Philip Liptrott, Thompsons Solicitors
Effects of the cuts on health and safety
Professor Andrew Watterson, University of Stirling
What the Lofstedt Review didn’t say
Susan Murray, Unite the Union
What’s missing from Lofsteft: a gender perspective
Daniel Shears, GMB
Life after Lofstedt: where do we go from here
Click here to download the full programme