The Construction Industry Council (CIC) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have today called for for simplification of health and safety regulation in their joint consultation response to Professor Löfstedt’s review of health and safety legislation.
The bodies said that while they see no need for the abolishment of any legislation, some regulations could be merged or simplified to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and burdens on the construction industry.
They also said a key concern was the misinterpretation of the Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) - which seek to provide more detail on the regulations.
ICE and CIC said that uncertainty of how to apply the regulations has lead to over-implementation of safety procedures, especially among smaller businesses that make up a significant proportion of the industry and for whom the extra administration is an unwelcome burden.
Professor Löfstedt will publish his findings in the autumn.