Shops, offices, pubs and clubs will no longer face burdensome health and safety inspections and over 3,000 regulations will be scrapped or overhauled in a radical plan by the government to curb red tape and boost British business growth.
From April 2013, the government intends to introduce binding new rules on both the Health and Safety Executive and on local authorities that will exempt hundreds of thousands of businesses from onerous regular health and safety inspections.
In future, businesses will only face health and safety inspections if they are operating in higher risk areas such as construction, or if they have an incident or track record of poor performance.
The plan will save companies millions of pounds in wasted time and money and help spur economic growth. The Red Tape Challenge has already resulted in a series of red tape cuts including a radical package of employment tribunal reforms expected to deliver £ 40 million of savings per year to employers.
Lib Dem Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has taken this action because “in these tough times businesses need to focus all their energies on creating jobs and growth, not being tied up in unnecessary red tape.”
Vince added “I’ve listened to those concerns and we’re determined to put common sense back into areas like health and safety, which will reduce costs and fear of burdensome inspections.”