modifications to two pieces of legislation which affect the majority of businesses in the UK - RIDDOR Regulations and the First Aid at Work Regulations.
As of 1 October, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 have been amended to remove the requirement for the HSE to approve first aid training and qualifications. The change is part of HSE's work to reduce the burden on businesses and put common sense back in to health and safety, while maintaining standards and the new approach applies to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.
The main changes to the RIDDOR Regulations surround the lists of major injuries, occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences, with all of these being simplified and reduced.
Are you aware of the upcoming changes to waste legislation? From January 2014, all businesses transporting their own waste must register as a Waste Carrier, which is being introduced to ensure that all waste is transported and disposed of legally and safely.
Keep up to date with legislative changes - it could keep on the right side of the law!