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Changes to Safety Law following Brexit

Changes to UK Health and Safety Law after Brexit

 So, what do I need to know?

The government have issued a draft piece of legislation setting out some changes to UK safety law following Brexit.  These will come into effect on exit day and this document outlines the changes relevant to a normal small business.

So, what’s changing?

  1. Safety Signs and Signals – references to the EU will be removed.
  2. Control of Substances – references to the EU and Member State will be removed. Giving the Health and Safety Executive power to allow some hazardous substances that currently are prohibited from being brought into the European Economic Area via an exemption certificate.
  3. Control of Major Accident Hazard – remove the requirement to share specific information with the EU.


Other less applicable regulations; include,
Offshore Installations, Borehole sites, Optical Radiation, Genetically Modified Organisms, Control of Major Accident Hazards and Ionising Radiation.

What Do I Need to Do?

  1. These changes do not have any significant impact on any actions required by the typical small business.
  2. We will be keeping an eye out for you for any future changes, but for now, it looks like all the current safety regulations will be staying Post-Brexit, so expect to see the same requirements continue after March 2019.

Where Can I Find Further Information?

  1. For advice and assistance on what your business needs to do, contact info@greensconsultancy.co.uk or call (0116) 2169224
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