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Health & Safety review “flawed” says ESA

The Government’s initiative into reducing health and safety regulation is “flawed” when it comes to waste management, said the Environmental Services Association.

The ESA said the Löfstedt Review’s starting point of aiming to reduce H&S regulations could end up “compromising” the hard work the industry has done to reduce accident rates.

The ESA has told the review committee that it does not believe that the existing H&S regulations “create an unnecessary burden” and that they are “important given the nature of the sector”.

It then went on to suggest that the review would be better off clarifying the interpretation of legislation. This could help prevent “frivolous” litigation which creates a “greater burden on the sector than the volume of health and safety regulations.”

ESA director of policy Matthew Farrow said: “Health and safety is a huge priority for the ESA, and our members have reduced accident rates by 60% since 2004. Comprehensive health and safety regulations are relevant and important for a sector like ours, and the Löfstedt Review is flawed in its starting point that health and safety regulation should be reduced as a far as possible.”

Farrow added: “We all understand the Government has a political agenda to follow here but they must avoid compromising the hard work being done in sectors like waste management to achieve ever lower accident rates.”

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