Lords vote in favour of health and safety exemptions for the self employed

The House of Lords has voted in favour of Clause 1 of the Government’s Deregulation Bill, which includes proposals to make certain types of the self-employed exempt from health and safety law. The suggested exemption will apply to the self-employed unless they are taking on ‘prescribed activities’, such as high risk work carried out in sectors which include agriculture and construction. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has claimed that the proposed clause could lead to confusion, a deterioration of safety standards and an increased risk of injury and illness at work. The Deregulation Bill has passed through the House of Commons and will continue to be debated in the House of Lords as it proceeds through parliament.
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Deregulation Bill: safety exemptions voted through

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