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The Health and Safety Executive has issued an online survey to companies, including the waste sector, to study how the legal framework for equipment inspection can be improved.

The HSE has stated that the input of companies taking part in the review will help to decide whether the regulations already in place support a proportionate approach to the inspection of equipment in the workplace.

Four areas of regulation will be reviewed:

- The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)

- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

- The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAH)

- The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Whilst discussing the requirement for a review with LetsRecycle.com, a spokesperson for HSE said:

“HSE has been looking at the regulatory framework for health and safety to check it is proportionate and fit for purpose.”

According to the spokesperson, the main objective will be to find out how the current legal requirements impact on companies, and to look at potential improvements that could make it easier for businesses of all types to comply with equipment inspection regulation.

The HSE is hoping that businesses in the waste sector will contribute a healthy response to the study, as the equipment used within that industry is included in the review. All regulations for health and safety have to be complied with, including the use of PPE, workwear, equipment, and work methods. However, some companies may find compliance more complex than others. 

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