As the UK prepares to leave the European Union (EU) at the end of this month, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has outlined health and safety guidance for businesses ahead of Brexit.
The HSE advises: “After Brexit, you should continue to manage your business and employees in a proportionate way to reduce risk and to protect people and the environment. Your obligations to protect people’s health and safety will not change with Brexit.”
They have, however, already made some minor alterations to health and safety regulations, but this is only to remove references to the EU. They confirm that the legal requirements and the protections that these provide people will remain as they currently are.
At present, it is still uncertain what type of deal the UK will exit the EU with, but the HSE has stated that, in any event, it intends to maintain its current approach to regulation and is committed to maintaining the high standards of health and safety currently upheld in the UK.
The HSE has also outlined specific guidance to help businesses be prepared in the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal.
This guidance covers workplace rights, trading goods, regulating Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), regulation on mercury and appointing nominated persons to your business in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The HSE also provides Brexit guidance for the chemicals industry, including biocides, CLP, PIC, PPP and REACH.
You can also find additional information online from the Department for Exiting the European Union.
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A spokesperson from FRT, says: “The UK has a world-leading health and safety record and it’s important that the health, safety and welfare of all workers continues to be protected, with high standards maintained, no matter what happens on 31st March.
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