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Saturday, 24 March 2012

Deregulation of Health & Safety will cost workers' lives

The budget day announcement that the UK Government will 'scrap or improve 84% of Health and Safety regulation' and legislate this year to weaken employer liability in civil law is a classic neo-liberal move to transfer the risks and costs of death, illness and injury from employers to workers.

One year ago the Con Dem's commissioned an independent review of health and safety legislation which was chaired by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt. In November 2011 the Löfstedt Review was published and the Government accepted the recommendations in full. The Institute of Employment Rights has published a briefing by three leading health and safety experts which provides a critical evaluation of Professor Lofstedt's report and concludes that it 'at times it does little more than perpetuate many of the myths surrounding health and safety regulation that the TUC and the wider hazards movement have consistently sought to dispel':