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Table A: Simplification initiatives completed to date, including projects that do not reduce administrative burdens

Title/Policy Initiative Nature of burden Description of simplification measure Desired outcome (incl. sectors to benefit) Gross cost saving (administrative, policy or public sector Independent validation Delivery
Sensible Risk Management – Sensible Risk Campaign - a campaign tackling excessive reactions to risk assessment requirements. Policy Publication and wide promotion of a set of principles of sensible risk management particularly with Local Authorities. To emphasise what does not need to be done as well as what does. A culture change, whereby dutyholders will feel risk assessment and management is proportionate and manageable. Benefits to all sectors, especially SMEs. N/A HSE has monitored the Sensible Risk Campaign and associated activities including media coverage. HSE has also contracted IPSOS MORI to conduct an annual 'Attitudes to health and safety survey', which asks a sample of 1,000 citizens, 2,000 employees, 500 managers and 200 chief executive officers about their views on a range of health and safety topics.  Several of the questions are specifically relevant to sensible risk and help to inform HSE's approach. July 2006: Revised 'Controlling the risks in the workplace' launched, emphasising a fit for purpose approach.August 2006: Launch of "'Principles of sensible risk management'April 2007 onwards: 'Myth of the Month' appears on the HSE website. July 2007 onwards: 'Sign-up to Sensible Risk' launched to promote a unified interpretation and approach to sensible risk by HSE and Local Authority (LA) Inspectors. Autumn 2007: 'HSE Statement to the external providers of health and safety assistance' published. Summer 2008 onwards: 'Example risk assessments'
Forms Project – removal of forms Administrative Removal of all forms that are no longer necessary, approximately 54% of HSE forms. Although most of these forms were rarely used and so not costly to business, their removal provides clarity and reduces the risk of error. Benefits to all sectors According to ABME estimates, removing these forms has saved businesses £250,000 annually Project completed April 2007. Forms discontinued and deleted from HSE website. April 2007: all identified forms discontinued and/or deleted.
Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 Administrative The new regulations changed the frequency of resubmitting offshore safety cases from three years to five years, Administrative costs reduced, and more efficient and less time-consuming reviews. Benefits to the offshore industry only. Estimated administrative cost savings, calculated in the Regulatory Impact Assessment, are £3.8 million Post-implementation review of the Regulations to begin in Autumn 2009. April 2006: regulations in force.October 2009:HSE project to review whether the intended reductions in administrative costs have been achieved e.g. reduced time resubmitting safety cases and reviewing them. 10 November 2009: HSE is holding an industry workshop as part of the post-implementation review of the regulations.  
ACOP on Zoos – Safety, Health and Welfare for Employers and Persons at Work 1985 Administrative The ACOP has been withdrawn and new guidance has been published. Updated guidance to reflect current developments in the zoo industry, such as lay out of premises. Benefits limited to the services sector only The ABME estimated the ACOP requirements cost businesses £544,000 in administrative burdens – these costs have now been removed. ACOP withdrawn December 2006. December 2006: ACOP withdrawn and replacement guidance introduced.
Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 Administrative, policy and quantity of legislation The Regulations simplify the process for checking contractor's competence and consolidate four pieces of legislation into one. To change attitudes and raise health and safety standards in the construction industry. The changes streamline regulatory requirements, eliminate unnecessary ones and simplify paperwork. This aims to significantly reduce bureaucracy to the construction sector, particularly SMEs. Annual policy cost savings (from simplified competence checking) are calculated in the RIA to be between £106 million and £226 million.Estimated administrative savings from April 2007 according to the ABME data is £3.6 million per year from clarifying and simplifying requirements relating to notification of construction projects. The Regulations will be evaluated in Q3 of 2009/10 against baseline research already carried out (see "Improving the effectiveness of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994: Establishing views from construction stakeholders on the current effectiveness of CDM"; and "Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007: Baseline Study" available on the HSE website.This will include an evaluation of the estimated administrative savings. April 2007: regulations in force.Q4 of 2008/09: phase 1 of the evaluation of regulations. Q3 of 2009/10: full evaluation of the regulations starts and will seek to verify (or otherwise) the assumptions made in the RIA.
Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 Administrative Consolidation of three regulations and rationalisation of guidance relating to asbestos. The new regulations have removed the requirement for companies working with textured decorative coatings - common in domestic premises - to have an asbestos licence, and to notify HSE/ their LA. Making it easier to find what requirements apply to a business and so make compliance easier. Removing the licensing requirement from work with textured decorative coatings significantly reduces the cost of doing this work for the contractor and so for the clients owning the building. Benefits limited to asbestos contractors only. According to the ABME estimates, the revised regulations reduce administrative burdens on businesses by £27.7million per year £27.7 million savings validated by the External Validation Panel 2008. November 2006: introduction of new regulations.
RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) Administrative requirement to report and keep records of certain work-related harm to employees and the public. Streamlining the communication of the RIDDOR reporting process to raise awareness, and influence attitudes to reporting, with the message that compliance need not be complex and burdensome. Promoting the ease of reporting through the Incident Contact Centre (ICC) telephone/web reporting service. Businesses easily understand the 'ring and report' message to comply with RIDDOR and save time in reporting. Benefits to all sectors, especially SMEs. The ABME estimated the recording and reporting requirements to take over 2.5hrs and cost £21 million gross costs.Reporting via the call centre now takes an average of 30 minutes. Thus, the estimated annual cost to business is now £4.4 million, a reduction of £16.5 million in administrative burden gross costs. Project completed July 2007 HSE evaluation in November 2007. March 2007: Launch of new user-friendly HSE RIDDOR websiteJuly 2007: Introduction of a single page flyer with the 'ring and report' message.
'Core criteria' for electrical contractorsProposed by Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) to address the problem of a proliferation of contractor health and safety pre-qualification schemes that currently work to different standards. Policy With HSE support, ECA and Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA) launched health and safety core-criteria to their members.Health and safety core-criteria, developed for inclusion in the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Approved Code of Practice (ACOP), create a common standard and aid recognition between various pre-qualification schemes. This will reduce the variation in standards required of contractors and so help them comply with legislation, and improve the cost effectiveness of assessing and delivering a good health and safety performance. Benefits to electrical contractors working in the construction sector, especially SMEs. The estimated policy cost savings, from RIA calculations, is £40,000 to £300,000 over first six months after launch, although these are policy not administrative savings. Further savings will continue to be achieved across the electrical contracting industry following publication of the ACOP. Project completed September 2006 September 2006: ECA/HVCA leaflet launchedFebruary 2007: Publication of CDM ACOP
List of all Health and Safety Regulations published on the internet Suggested by Federation of Small Businesses to allow businesses to find easily what health and safety regulations are in force. Wider better regulation initiative A full list of HSE-owned regulations has been created on the HSE website, linked where possible to electronic copies of the regulations themselves and relevant guidance. A quick, simple route to locating health and safety regulations and requirements for businesses.Benefits to all sectors. In its first month the legislation webpages received nearly 24,000 hits. Since then the pages have had an average of around 25,000 visitors per month. Project completed October 2006 October 2006: Legislation webpages went live.
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations - guidance on labelling of drinking water Administrative Amending and promoting guidance to make it clear that businesses only need to label water when it should not be drunk. Substantial reduction in labelling water supplies, saving businesses time and money. Benefits to all sectors, especially SMEs. £17 million savings in administrative burdens costs. £17 million savings validated by the External Validation Panel 2008, pending additional ongoing work September 2007: leaflet published. December 2007: other guidance corrected and myth of the month produced. August 2008: evaluation carried out.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations – guidance on labelling the weight of loads Policy and administrative HSE has produced additional web-based guidance clarifying the requirement to provide information on the weight of a load to employees, in particular when it is and is not appropriate to give precise information. To reduce the cost of labelling where appropriate and increase compliance through a clearer understanding of the requirement. Benefits to all sectors, especially SMEs involved in transport of goods . A £32.5 million savings reduction target was set by HSE, a quarter of the estimated ABME cost for this requirement. £32.5 million savings validated by the External Validation Panel 2009 May 2008: Guidance published. Early 2009: Evaluation on the effectiveness of the guidance.
Forms project - removal of 8 forms required by Factories Act and Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act (OSR Act) Administrative HSE removed the 8 notification and record keeping forms required by the Factories Act and the OSR Act through repealing the legal requirement for these forms. If the forms are removed, employers will no longer be required to notify new premises to HSE or local authorities, nor keep certain redundant records at factory premises. Benefits to all sectors, especially SMEs. Removal of 8 forms will achieve a £21 million reduction using ABME figures £21 million savings validated by the External Validation Panel 2009 Summer 2008 – consultation on proposed changes April 2009 –Amending regulations in force.
Updated 2015-09-14