When the Coalition Government came to power in 2010 they vowed to reduce excessive legislation in order to reduce the bureaucratic and cost burdens to business. They introduced the Red Tape Challenge (RTC) - this aimed to scrap or improve rules across a range of areas - www.redtapechallenge.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/themehome/rtc-themes-2/.

In relation to health and safety (H&S) rules and regulations the government has focused on regulations identified in reports by Lord Young and Professor Löfstedt. The reviews found that too often businesses, in particular SMEs, felt they must go beyond what health and safety law required.

A progress report on the implementation and recommendations made by Professor Löfstedt was published in February 2014 and noted that action had been completed on 17 of the 22 H&S issues addressed in the review. Further changes to H&S regulations and the way the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) operates will be introduced in the Deregulation Bill. The bill has been voted through the House of Commons and was debated in the House of Lords in October 2014.

Nabarro is conducting a nation-wide survey of businesses to find if the Government has reached its aims to reduce regulatory burden in H&S and whether industry has felt the benefits. The findings of the survey will be compiled in a report and will be launched at events in Sheffield and London in February 2015. Responses will remain anonymous, unless you indicate that we can use your name and your comments at the end of the survey. Please click here to access the survey.

Please be kind enough to spend approximately five minutes answering the questions. If you are not the right person to complete this survey, we would be grateful if you could forward it onto a colleague.

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