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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.

For advice on any health and safety law matter, please contact Jo Davis in the employment team. Call 01753 279029 or email your enquiry to

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