21 November 2015
Health and safety compliance burden eased for self-employed
The ubiquitousness of some UK health and safety legislation has long been seen by some businesspeople (in particular the self-employed in small businesses) as an unnecessary burden.
Such people will be pleased, therefore, with changes made to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 with effect from 1 October 2015. These reduce the responsibilities of the self-employed by eliminating the applicability of Section 3 of the Act where the work being done is not listed in the Schedule to the Act that lists hazardous activities and does not pose a potential risk to the health and safety of anyone other than the self-employed person carrying out the work.
Although there are clearly some work activities which pose no risk to other people, where the job being undertaken falls within a potential 'grey area', it may well be advisable to assume that the provisions of the Act do apply.