Speaking to businesses across the country, it is clear that in some cases health and safety legislation has gone too far and that some disproportionate health and safety legislation has become increasingly burdensome to businesses.

Currently, due to ambiguity and poor interpretation of the law, it is sometimes applied indiscriminately and unintelligently to low-risk businesses. Furthermore, in many cases, we are gold-plating EU rules, to the detriment of our firms in the UK. Health and safety regulation must be made more industry specific, the burden must be taken off low-risk workplaces and regulations should be kept in place only where they are necessary and appropriate. Time and time again BCC hears of unnecessary and unreasonable examples of health and safety, such as the fact that home workers in low-risk environments are treated in the same way as those working on-site.

Our research shows there is no doubt that many businesses see health and safety regulation as a barrier to growing the number of employees in their business. The report presents a number of ways that health and safety legislation can be simplified and consolidated without reducing the safety of employees. The current raft of health and safety regulations distracts businesses from driving economic growth and creating employment and it is therefore crucial that the Government commits to reducing the volume and associated bureaucracy of regulations. Health and safety legislation distracts businesses from driving economic growth and creating employment.