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Brexit – Get Ready

The 31 October 2019 is fast approaching, Deal or No-Deal. Brexit uncertainty has dominated the headlines for some time now, with many businesses unsure of the legal ramifications of the options still on the table.

In terms of duties around health and safety, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently issued clear guidance which states that duties to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work will not change with Brexit. The HSE states: “You should continue to manage risk in your business in a proportionate way.”

Maintaining standards

The EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ensures that, whatever the outcome, we can provide certainty on health and safety for duty holders across the UK. The Act corrects minor inaccuracies, such as changing ‘European Union’ to ‘United Kingdom’.

Employers duties to protect the health and safety of people in the workplace will not change with Brexit. Guidance, including Health and safety made simple, and HSE guidance on Brexit will help business owners to comply with the law whatever lies ahead.

Fundamentally legal requirements will remain the same as they are now, and Health and safety standards must be maintained. Let’s wait and see what the next few weeks have in store, but the resources linked above are there for your reference. If in any doubt please contact us here for further information.

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