Health and safety legislation update: April 2014
This health and safety legislation update looks at the changes which came into force this month and which are expected in the coming year, as well as providing further information and resources that will help you prepare for these changes.
The timetable of changes includes:
Health and safety law poster
Employers have a legal duty under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989 to display the approved poster in a prominent position. When the new version of the poster was published in 2009, employers were given a five year transition period to transfer to the new poster. Therefore from April 2014, the new (2009) version must be displayed
The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals and Revocations) Regulations 2014
Amendment to the Factories Act 1961 and Offices, Shops & Railways Premises Act 1963 and the revocation of a further 10 regulations associate with the Acts.
Later in 2014
The Deregulation Act 2014
The Deregulation Bill is currently making its way through parliament and the resultant Deregulation Act 2014 should come into force, later in 2014, possibly in October.
Revision of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and Approved Code of Practice
A radical overhaul of the CDM regulations is being consulted on with respondents given until 6 June 2014 to comment on the proposals. The planned changes would align the regulations with the minimum requirements of the Temporary & Mobile Construction Sites (TMCS) Directive. Industry specialists will be encouraged to develop sector specific guidance.
If you require advice about any of the regulations, please contact us!