The UK has now officially begun formal procedures to withdraw from the European Union. What happens in the coming 24 months, particularly in terms of legislative changes, is still unclear and depends on EU negotiations. However, as a leader in business compliance, I urge UK businesses to ensure health & safety stays firmly at the top of their agenda and to keep note of any legislative changes.
Many of the current regulations and standards are set by the European Parliament and, consequently, may be under negotiation. It’s essential that all companies remain aware and compliant. Businesses, particularly SMEs, which are unable to employ a dedicated health & safety officer during these unstable times, should consider outsourcing compliance to a third-party company that has strong expertise in this area.
Not abiding to legislation can have devastating consequences for both employees and employers and, if found guilty of negligence, can be extremely costly for businesses and directors. The next few years will be a critical time for UK business and it’s essential that British companies, however large or small, have expert support to ensure they understand and prioritise health, safety and compliance.