At ALLEN & YORK we have be gauging reaction to the Brexit result across all the industries we serve and one of the most positive has been the health and safety sector, in which the UK have an international reputation for safety excellence and the best health and safety records in Europe.
“Around 90% of Health and Safety laws would have existed without the EU,” said Kizzy Augustin, Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons LLP, in her speech at the Safety and Health Expo 2016 last week, “it is likely that the UK’s ‘gold standard’ will remain”.
Augustin admitted that there maybe potential impacts on areas such as human rights and food safety. “Can we trust the UK government to maintain these standards?” she asked delegates. Also changes to the Working Time Directive could have an impact, particularly on workplace stress, while the curtailment of free movement could further exacerbate staff and skills shortages in construction and other sectors.
However, there was a general consensus that UK health and safety standards have been imitated across the world and it was unlikely that anything significant would change soon.
To read more on SHP website - ‘Brexit: health and safety industry reacts’
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