Concern over Safety Implications following 10% drop in Local Authority Inspections

December 2003
Management Services;Dec2003, Vol. 47 Issue 12, p4
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The article provides information on the concern of the British Health and Safety Commission over the growing trend among local authorities to reduce the priority given to health and safety enforcement resulting in a 10% drop in inspection rates. The reduction, taken from statistics issued under the HELA report, show that the reduction also means that there are less full time equivalent officers responsible for health and safety than there were five years ago, continuing with a year on year reduction. According to Allan Davies, head of the Local Authority Unit for the British Health and Safety Executive, the local government must recognize its responsibility for health and safety enforcement and make adequate arrangements to deliver this duty. The Health and Safety Commission set clear priorities for health and safety and local government has a key role in meeting those targets. Continual under-resourcing must be addressed to provide a consistent approach across the country. There is a well-recognized recruitment crisis in local government particularly in relation to regulatory services.


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