Out with the old, in with the new for safety regulations
Following the launch of the government's Red Tape Challenge and the Lofstedt review, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is proposing that several redundant regulations and orders are scrapped.
A consultation launched yesterday (January 23rd) and ending on March 12th 2012, will look into the merits of revoking six regulations and one order.
This list includes regulations that are now covered by the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, such as the Anthrax Prevention Order 1971 etc (Revocation) Regulations 2005 and the Non-ferrous Metals (Melting and Founding) Regulations 1962.
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 state that "personal
protective equipment (such as safety gloves), is to be supplied and used at work wherever there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways".
The regulations also require that personal protective equipment is assessed for suitability before use, is maintained and stored properly, comes with instructions on safe use, and is used appropriately by employees.
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