Our departure from the European Union is looming. With that in mind, we’re going to take a look at the post-Brexit landscape in regards to health and safety within the construction and scaffolding industries.
Influence of Europe
As many of the UK’s health and safety regulations from the past 30 years originated from the European Union, many are wondering what will happen in the event of Brexit. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is one of the main bodies that regulates the UK’s construction industry, and they recently stated how our duties to protect the health and safety of people affected by our work will not change with Brexit.
In regards to work equipment, the priority will be to ensure that only compliant and safe products are placed on the market. Although any references to the EU will be removed, the legal requirements and safety standards will remain the same.
Britain’s Attitudes to Safety
It needs to be remembered that the UK values health and safety just as much as its European counterparts. There are various examples of the nation’s safety excellence through high-profile projects, such as the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Whilst workers put in over 80 million hours to help build the Olympics’ necessary infrastructure, the accident frequency rate was just 0.15 compared to 3.4 (the industry’s average at the time). There wasn’t a single fatality during the construction period, which is a first for the Olympics.
It is also worth bearing in mind that the UK’s standards are often seen as a benchmark for other European countries to follow.
George Roberts is Committed to Health & Safety
As a leading supplier of scaffolding and access equipment, we have a duty of care to all of our clients, contractors and employees – no matter what happens with Brexit. Learn more about George Roberts’ commitment to health and safety now.