Govt to review health and safety

The government has commissioned a review into some of the UK's health and safety laws.

It has often been cited that the laws can be unnecessarily protective and the government has blamed them for creating a "compensation culture" in the UK.

Lord Young, a former cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher, has been put in charge of the review.

He told BBC Breakfast that many of the laws were "absolute nonsense" and said that he would seek to ban advertisements for personal injury claims, which can often damage a business financially.

The peer hoped that the review would "reintroduce an element of common sense" into the system.

On the review prime minister David Cameron said: "We need a sensible new approach that makes clear these laws are intended to protect people, not overwhelm businesses with red tape."

This may come as welcome news to businesses owners who are forced to fill out endless legal forms to protect themselves from health and safety issues but can instead focus on serious safety measures.

Posted by Morag Lyall

Published on: June 15, 2010

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