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    Why we all need coaxing out from behind the sofa in 2023

    Only a month into the new year, issues we all wanted to see the back of in 2022 in many ways just seem to get worse. The war in Ukraine, high prices, labour shortages, strikes, ambulance waiting times and the deficit… the list goes on.

    By Mike Robinson FCA, British Safety Council on 01 February 2023

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    Letter urges PM not to scrap working at height laws

    The Scaffolding Association has written to Business Secretary Grant Shapps to express concern that Working at Height regulations (WAHR) could be axed under an overhaul of EU-derived law in the UK.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 06 January 2023

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    PM sets 2023 deadline for removing EU laws

    All EU-derived laws are to be ‘sunset’ by December 2023, meaning that change and uncertainty over health and safety duties and employee rights lie ahead.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 30 September 2022

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    New PM must keep UK’s rights and protections, urges coalition

    British Safety Council has joined 40 other organisations in writing a letter to the new prime minister to make a personal commitment to uphold rights and protections following concerns of more ‘red tape’ cutting after Brexit.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 02 September 2022

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    Health and safety laws under review as part of regulatory 'roll back' in UK

    The government could use new powers to repeal EU-derived workplace protections without parliamentary scrutiny, a leading lawyer has warned.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 13 May 2022

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    HSE to investigate health risks of tattoo inks after EU ban

    HSE is to carry out a review of the risk of certain substances in tattoo inks and explore the case for introducing restrictions following a new EU ban.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 27 January 2022

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    Cancer-causing substances: what will Brexit mean?

    UK businesses may have to continue to meet any future new European Union exposure limits for carcinogenic substances at work if they are to avoid compensation claims.

    By Professor Kevin Bampton on 01 April 2021

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    The challenges of regulation and its enforcement

    Any post-Brexit review of the UK’s health and safety laws must not result in a watering down of workers’ rights, argues Mike Robinson.

    By Mike Robinson, British Safety Council on 23 March 2021

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    Brexit: the UK needs to maintain its safety standards

    Following years of complex negotiations, a Trade and Cooperation Agreement has now been reached between the European Union (EU) and the UK, setting out the framework for future relations.

    By Peter McGettrick, British Safety Council on 28 February 2021

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    UK government u-turns over post-Brexit plan to scrap rights

    The government’s review of workers’ rights has been scrapped in a rapid U-turn after the business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng confirmed plans had changed.

    By Belinda Liversedge on 01 February 2021