Health and safety deregulation for low-risk self-employed

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (General Duties of Self- Employed Persons) (Prescribed Undertakings) Regulations 2015 come into force on 1 October 2015. They specify the circumstances in which selfemployed persons must comply with their duty under section 3(2) the 1974 Act to conduct their undertakings in such a way as to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, they and anyone who may be affected by their work activities are not exposed to risks to their health and safety.

The new rules seek to exempt self-employed persons such as someone using a computer or carrying out telemarketing activities where there is negligible risk to health or safety. There are no exemptions for some specified activities, including those working with gas, or on construction sites. A general provision states that the exemptions will not apply where work may expose another person to risk.

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