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Responding to the better regulation challenge

HSE InfoLine : 29 November, 2005  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Executive today published its initial draft simplification plan, as part of its commitment to deliver the wider better regulation agenda, on its website. We want to know what you think.
The Health and Safety Executive today published its initial draft simplification plan, as part of its commitment to deliver the wider better regulation agenda, on its website. We want to know what you think.

The plan can be viewed at www.hse.gov.uk/consult/live.htm

We intend to meet the better regulation challenge set by government whilst improving health and safety outcomes and not reducing the levels of protection for workers or the public.

The plan sets out HSC/E's determination to develop legislation that is easy to understand and comply with to help secure stronger commitment from business. It also supports our risk based, targeted approach to enforcement. Key themes include:

simplification for business to help them concentrate on improving outcomes rather than bureaucratic processes
changing the culture, for example through a campaign to tackle risk aversion
challenging policy makers' case for taking a regulatory approach and ensuring they address the impact of proposals on small businesses
simplifying existing legislation
joined up enforcement, including more effective partnership with local authorities to secure a consistent, targeted approach
The chair of the Small Business Council Julie Kenny welcomed the draft plan saying, ' HSE's draft simplification plan includes measures to achieve credible reductions in the regulatory burden to business. I congratulate the HSE for sharing its early thinking in a clear and concise way and for asking small businesses, what more can be done?'

David Arculus, Chair of the Better Regulation Task Force said, 'HSE's initial simplification plan contains a number of valuable initiatives to reduce the burden of regulation. The initial plan shows that independent regulators have an important role in delivering better regulation. I welcome HSE's commitment to listen to stakeholders and develop meaningful simplification measures.'

Executive Chair of the Better Regulation Executive William Sargent added, 'I congratulate HSE for identifying these early suggestions for simplifying their regulations affecting business. They will make a real difference. Early publication of this plan allows all businesses and organisations to comment and add new ideas for consideration.'
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