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Changes to Health and Safety Regulations in the construction industry

Plans to change the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations 2013 were put before parliament on March 4th and have now come into force after April 6th.

A total 12 measures are being removed from the act, due to more up-to-date regulations being put in place. This includes the Celluloid and Cinematograph Film Act 1922 and the Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Regulations of 1960.

However, one of the most important changes has been seen in the removal of Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989.

This does not mean that hard hats are no longer a vital factor in regards to health and safety. As the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) comments: "Hard hats remain vital in protecting construction workers from head injuries".

Instead, the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations have been changed to include head protection on construction sites.

HSE will also make sure that the construction industry is aware of the need for employers to ensure all workers have hard hats and that they are worn on site.

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