retaining health and safety legislation

Retaining Health and Safety Legislation

The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill will give the Government new powers to amend, repeal and replace retained EU law, ensuring UK domestic law takes precedence.

The Bill is expected to receive Royal Assent in the spring.

It also includes a ‘sunset’ date of 31 December 2023. By this date, all remaining retained EU law will either undergo repeal or assimilation into domestic law.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is running a campaign to raise awareness and voice serious concerns to the government over its approach to the wholesale slashing of existing EU law.

The Trade Association Build UK has also raised this with the HSE and CLC.

It hopes to ensure key industry health and safety legislation, such as the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM), Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations, and Work at Height Regulations, is not inadvertently repealed on this date.

As a response to Build UK’s concerns, the Department for Business and Trade has confirmed this is not the intention.