This consultation ended on 5 February 2010
This consultation seeks comments on the proposed Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations which will bring into law in Great Britain the European Physical Agents (Artificial Optical Radiation) Directive.
The Regulations will ensure that employers using hazardous sources of light review their approach to take proper account of the risks.
We recognise that the majority of employers already manage these risks and have developed the Regulations to ensure that only those businesses that are not already doing this need to do more. We do not expect employers to undertake unnecessary risk assessments especially if they are already managing the risks and if their business has only safe sources. This is achieved through the ‘filter’ in regulation 3 which ensures that the substantive obligations of the Regulations only apply where there is a reasonably foreseeable risk of adverse health effects to the eyes and skin of workers.
The Regulations are supported by guidance that outlines the simple measures that should be taken to manage the risks. Employers not already doing this need will also need to read the more detailed guidance produced by the European Commission – there is a link to this in the consultation document.
We have set out questions about the HSE guidance at the end of the consultation document as we particularly want to know your views on its usefulness and the extent to which it meets your needs. Other questions relate to the clarity of the filter at Regulation 3 and the assumptions used to develop the impact assessment.
To respond to our questions, please make use of the online questionnaire, or download a form to complete. Your views will be considered alongside those of other respondents to the consultation. Although we will acknowledge all the responses that we receive, we do not intend to respond individually to each comment made. However, the collated comments and responses will be available for examination at the HSE Knowledge Centre in Redgrave Court, Bootle. We have followed the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Consultation.