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Health and Safety regulations affected by Brexit

With Britain's withdrawal from the European Union getting ever closer (currently scheduled for October 31st), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have some helpful advice for businesses regarding health and safety regulations.

The main point is, of course, that you are still responsible for the health and safety of your employees and public where applicable, regardless of Brexit.

However, HSE have made minor amendments to regulations to remove EU references in legislation, but legal requirements, and the protections these provide, will be the same as they are now.

HSE have stated on their website that '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.'

Maintaining standards

Whatever deal the UK leaves the EU with, or in the event of no-deal, HSE’s approach to regulation is to preserve the UK’s high standards in health and safety and to continue to protect people and the environment.

No-deal guidance

HSE have produced guidance to help companies prepare in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal (and therefore without implementation period). This guidance covers:

  • Biocides
  • CLP
  • PIC
  • PPP
  • REACH
  • Explosives
  • Equipment and machinery
  • Changes to legislation

There are also contingency amendments for a 'No deal Brexit' that include:

  • CLP, Biocides and PIC
  • REACH
  • PPP

'No-deal' guidance on GOV.UK

You can check what changes might affect you by reading the government’s guidance on helping you to prepare your business for EU Exit here: https://euexit.campaign.gov.uk/

Further advice and guidelines can be found on the HSE website here: https://www.hse.gov.uk/brexit/index.htm

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