Over the next six months, HSE will continue to review its simplification initiatives, in the light of the Government’s Strengthening Regulatory Management proposals and the HSE Strategy. This will include developing new initiatives to meet what are expected to be challenging simplification targets in the future.
HSE will also progress work on its current administrative burden reduction projects. This will involve a number of elements, for example:
HSE will also seek to influence the better regulation agenda in Europe, through its negotiating strategies on individual dossiers and as part of the central government drive. HSE will also maintain its work on the Hampton agenda, including implementing the recommendations of its Hampton Implementation Review.
To help SMEs comply, HSE will continue to ensure that guidance is written with small businesses in mind and continue its participation in work arising from the Anderson Review. HSE will also look at whether it is possible to exempt small businesses from new or existing regulatory requirements in line with the Government’s Enterprise Strategy, and if this is not possible, seek to minimise the impact on SMEs and third sector organisations.
HSE will continue to welcome suggestions from stakeholders for simplifications, which do not reduce levels of health and safety protection. These can be submitted to BRE’s simplification website.
HSE’s better regulation work will continue to be overseen internally by the HSE Challenge Panel and by HSE senior managers.
HSE’s Policy Capability Team will continue to focus on working internally with colleagues across HSE to embed the principles of better regulation into how the organisation works.
HSE’s Simplification Plan 2010 will provide a progress report on all of these areas, and will include any new initiatives or proposals from stakeholders.