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The Risk vs Hazard Debate: Reconciling Inconsistencies in Health & Safety Regulation within the UK and across the EU

Author: 
Dr Sweta Chakraborty
Publication date: 
Tue, 17 Jan 2012

Dr Sweta Chakraborty reviews the current debate over health & safety regulation, representing the views of academics, regulators, government, and lawyers, including the British Safety Council and the Health and Safety Executive.
 
The policy brief recommends a more lenient approach to regulation based on risk management rather than hazard classifications. It reinforces recommendations made in the Löfstedt Report, which have been adopted in the Government Response and reflected in David Cameron's pledge to "tackle the health and safety monster".