Exempting some self-employed from health & safety laws: our response
Response: CD242-Public consultation on proposals to exempt some self-employed people from health and safety legislation
The London Hazards Centre is against the proposal to exempt some self- employed from the Health and Safety at Work Act and all other health and safety legislation because:
- It will continue to be easier to understand the law and to follow it if it applies to everyone.
- There is no onerous burden of compliance to those who are genuinely not posing a risk to themselves and others; the obligation to reduce risk following risk assessment, only kicks in when a risk is identified.
- Many “self-employed workers” are self employed in name only – this has been widely studied and construction union UCATT has campaigned against this over many years; but false self-employment contracts are also used in other sectors – contract cleaning, care work, and possibly across a range of jobs were temporary recruitment is common place through use of Employment Agencies. These jobs are not without risks.
- Other jobs like hairdressing, beauticians, therapists, artists, designers, cooks, restaurant owners, hotel owners, sales (market stalls), musicians, door- to-door salespeople, window cleaners, musicians, actors, drivers – taxis, mini-cabs, etc are not without risks – though many are self employed.
- We are against the deregulation being proposed across a number of areas, we do not think many workers are aware that this is going on and believe your consultation exercises are flawed in this respect.
- We believe the deregulation is ideologically driven by those wishing only to cut costs to businesses. That it is a false economy that will lead to increases in deaths and injuries.