Action to implement the Löfstedt recommendations, and the wider Red Tape Challenge commitments announced in the Budget, is progressing well, according to a review published today by the government.

Said Minister for Employment Chris Grayling: “The HSE has already relaxed the requirements for reporting accidents at work, issued new guidance making clear that businesses do not need to test all portable appliances on an annual basis, consulted on the removal of the first 21 redundant or outdated statutory instruments, and launched the highly successful Myth Busters Challenge Panel to challenge daft decisions made in the name of health and safety.”

The report contains information on progress with implementation of the Löfstedt recommendations, as well as those contained within Common Sense, Common Safety. As such it provides a comprehensive overview of the government’s progress with its wider health and safety reform agenda.

Said Chris Grayling: “By the end of this process in 2014 , 50% of health and safety regulations will either have been reviewed, revoked or improved leaving Great Britain with a simpler, more effective regulatory framework – easing burdens on business and encouraging growth whilst at the same time maintaining the progress that has been made in health and safety outcomes.”