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Pinsent Masons' Health and Safety Briefing July 2018

Welcome to Pinsent Masons' Health and Safety Briefing - a quarterly round-up of health and safety legal and business developments with analysis and commentary from the health and safety team at Pinsent Masons.

In this edition we focus on the following topics:

Hackitt recommends extensive reforms for building safety

Dame Judith Hackitt's final report sets out the principles for a new regulatory framework which she considers will drive culture change and the right behaviours in relation to fire safety. Read more

Don’t wait for Hackitt before making changes to fire safety approach

Construction firms can use health and safety law as a template to overhaul their approach to fire safety now, without waiting for the government to implement the Hackitt Report. Read more

Expert calls for 'culture change' around Scottish building standards

A review commissioned by the Scottish government, and chaired by Professor John Cole, has made a number of recommendations to "reshape" the current system, some of which could have significant implications for the construction industry. Read more

Food safety: the UK regulatory regime

European law requires food businesses to ensure that only food which is safe is placed on the market. These requirements affect all stages of production, processing and distribution of food. Read more

EU exit will be 'challenging' for food safety regulation

Leaving the EU will create food safety regulation "challenges" given the number of regulatory functions which may need to be transferred from the EU to the UK, according to a new briefing paper. Read more

Proposals to modernise search warrants in England published

The law reform body for England and Wales has proposed to update the law to make the procedure for obtaining a search warrant and the powers available under that warrant more consistent. It is also proposing more consistent safeguards, and to reflect better the increasing importance of electronic and digital evidence. Read more

Product regulations protecting workers

The criminal law imposes duties on both employers and suppliers to ensure that products provided for use at work are safe and free from risk. Failure to discharge these duties exposes businesses to the prospect of investigation by the regulators. Read more

Modern slavery: stats show businesses must not be complacent

New figures published on the number of reported cases of modern slavery in Scotland show that businesses cannot afford to be complacent on the issue. Read more

Manufacturers can use technology to manage health and safety risks

Manufacturers can use the latest digital technologies to better manage health and safety risks, but must be conscious of the new risks that might be introduced into their processes from implementing those technologies. Read more and see our report "Changing world: Changing risks - Health and Safety & the Manufacturing sector" here.

UK drone laws set with safety in mind

Drone operators will face height and geographical restrictions on where they can fly their machines from later this summer under new UK laws. Read more

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