Victory on “Risk of Over-compliance”.
Earlier this week the TUC complained about a press release issued by the HSE saying that the new Approved Code of Practice on Workplace Health Safety and Welfare had been reviewed “to make it easier for employers, building owners, landlords and managing agents to understand and meet their legal obligations and so reduce the risks of over compliance.”
This was a disgrace and was akin to telling employers that they must not go beyond the absolute legal minimum in providing things like office space, toilet facilities and all the other things covered by the Regulations.
Well – good news! The HSE to their credit seem to have accepted that this was a mistake and have removed the offending phrase. This is welcome and we thank the HSE for listening but it is worrying that they have to operate in a climate where it was ever thought appropriate to come up with nonsense like that and I hope that they will be more willing to actually encourage employers to go beyond compliance and promote good practice. That after all is what good health and safety is all about.