BCC: Health and safety laws need to be amended

The amount of health and safety legislation aimed at reducing accidents at work present in UK law has now reached excessive levels, a new report has suggested.

According to a paper entitled 'Health and Safety: A Risky Business?' compiled by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), around half of all businesses across the country perceive such rules as a burden on their ability to progress following the recession.

This document, which involved the body questioning around 6,000 employers in Britain, established that some 47 per cent feel that health and safety regulations are restrictive to the way they go about their business.

The BCC - a body that provides representation for the Network of Accredited Chambers of Commerce - suggested managers believe that while these rules are undoubtedly important, the "volume and ambiguity" of some areas of the law means rules are "often misapplied", particularly among smaller companies.

David Frost, director-general of the BCC, commented: "Health and safety regulation in the workplace is important, but it must be made more industry-specific."

Posted by Helen Jones

24/05/2011 16:50