Law amendments clarify health and safety duties

Amended legislation aimed at clarifying and simplifying parts of health and
safety law is now in force.

It covers areas such as first aid, display screens, personal protective
equipment, manual handling, work equipment, lifting operations and quarries.

Bill Callaghan, chairman of the Health and Safety Commission, said:
"Some important issues are dealt with in these amendments. They cover many
significant changes that will affect a range of health and safety measures.

"These amendments will help greatly in clarifying and simplifying the
law’s requirements," he said.

"I hope these changes will make the regulations more accessible to
employees, who have important rights and obligations under this
legislation."

The proposed changes have been made to clarify a number of issues raised
recently by the European Commission concerning specific aspects of the UK
implementation of the EC’s Framework Directive.

The Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 can be
viewed at www.hmso.gov.uk

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