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An independent review into health and safety legislation for the Department for Work and Pensions Professor Ragnar Lofstedt.

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1 An independent review into health and safety legislation for the Department for Work and Pensions Professor Ragnar Lofstedt

2 Löfstedt Review 1.Firstly, a bit about me and the panel. 2.Secondly, a quick overview of what I have been asked to consider and some particular interests. 3.Finally, how I intend to do it hopefully, with your help. What I want to talk about

3 Löfstedt Review Current Position: Professor of Risk Management at Kings College London Director of Kings Centre of Risk Management. Experience and Research: Author/editor of ten books and over 90 peer reviewed articles; Editor-in-chief for Journal of Risk Research, and Editor of the Earthscan publications' Risk, Society and Policy book series; Editorial boards of Journal of Health Communication, Risk Analysis, International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, and Risk Management. Research on risk communication and management in range of areas. A bit about me…

4 Löfstedt Review …and the panel John Armitt CBE Andrew Bridgen MP Andrew Miller MP Sarah Veale Dr Adam Marshall

5 Löfstedt Review Proposals for simplifying health and safety legislation - without affecting health and safety outcomes. Focus on the 200 statutory instruments and associated Approved Codes of Practice. To be informed by evidence and examples of: What do I need to do?... Costs to business versus benefit to health and safety Gold-plating Inappropriate outcomes, litigation of compensation. Approaches in other countries

6 Löfstedt Review …and how will I get there? March – review announced by Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP April/May – Terms of Reference published on DWP website, and first meeting with advisory panel. May 20 th – Call for Evidence issued May/June/July – Meeting with key stakeholders to hear views and gather evidence July 29 th – deadline for written evidence Autumn/September – review evidence; further meetings as necessary; develop recommendations October – report to Minister

7 Löfstedt Review So over to you… 1.Any regulations that have significantly improved health and safety? 2.Any that could be simplified, merged, or abolished without any negative effect? 3.Any that have created significant additional burdens on business with limited benefit to health and safety outcomes? 4.Any that have led to unreasonable outcomes, or inappropriate litigation and compensation? 5.To what extent the concept of reasonably practicable helps? 6.Any evidence that the requirements of EU Directives have or have not been unnecessarily enhanced (gold-plated) when incorporated in the UK? 7.Any lessons that can be learned from the way other EU countries have approached the regulation of health and safety? 8.Does health and safety law suitably place responsibility in an appropriate way on those that create risk? If not what changes would be required?

8 Löfstedt Review Please get in touch…


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