MOHSG Legal Update 31 July 2013 Natalie Puce Associate, BLM
HSE Statistics – 31 October 2012 • Overall improvement • Reduction in the number of fatalities • Major and over three day injury totals at the lowest levels on record • 551 HSE prosecutions
Lofstedt • Where is it up to? • Removal of 35% of health and safety legislation • Review of all Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) • Strict liability?
HSE National Enforcement Code • To ensure that LA health and safety inspectors take a more consistent and proportionate approach to enforcement • Specialist health and safety support and advice to LAs; • Specific sector strategies with associated national planning priorities to inform LA regulatory interventions; and • Support LA peer review of their enforcement decisions, intervention plans and professional competence
RIDDOR • Changes from 6 April 2012 • Further changes to be made – October 2013
Fee for Intervention (‘FFI’) • Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2012 • Imposes a duty on HSE inspectors to recover costs • Requirement for a ‘material breach’ • Early statistics • Appeals process
HSE Review • Consultation launched on the role of the HSE • Are the functions of the HSE necessary? • If so, do they need to be by the HSE?
Corporate manslaughter The story so far… • February 2011 - Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings • May 2012 - JMW Farms (Northern Ireland) • July 2012 – Lion Steel Equipment
Changes to coronial law • Coroners and Justice Act 2009 • The Coroners (Investigations) Regulations 2013 • The Coroners (Inquests) Rules 2013
Contact Thank you and any questions? Natalie Puce Associate, BLM t: 0161 838 3998 e: firstname.lastname@example.org