Many small business owners have voiced their fears that the Government will not take the necessary steps to reduce health and safety compliance obligation.
In spite of this, a recent study by the Forum of Private Business (FPB) 59% of small business owners stated that they welcomed a review of health and safety legislation by the coalition government. However, many remain sceptical with a mere 18% of businesses believe that the review will have any positive effect in reducing red tape and legislation.
In a recent speech by British Prime Minister, David Cameron, he announced plans to “scrap the health and safety rules that put people off” and improve conditions for small business to operate in.
Tom Parry, Research Manager for the FPB, stated that any commitment by the Government to remove barriers thrown-up by excessive health and safety laws is welcome.
However, he added:
“Having seen similar initiatives in the past, some small businesses we represent are understandably sceptical.”
Mr Parry observed that many existing regulations served little practical purpose and appeared to be largely directed at larger organisations but also tie small companies into the process.
It is hoped that the number of public liability and employers liability cases will drop after the Government have completed their audit of current health and safety legislation and cut what red tape needs removing.