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Changes to Health and Safety Law for Self-Employed Workers

Government reduces health and safety burden for self-employed workers.

In 2011 the government launched a review into how best they might reduce bureaucracy for the self-employed. The Lofstedt Review concluded that those self-employed whose work posed no potential risk of harm to others should be exempt from health and safety law. This recommendation has been accepted by government.

What are the changes?

From 1 October 2015, if you are a self-employed worker and your activity poses no potential risk to other workers or to members of the public, health and safety law will no longer apply to you. 

Abaco estimates that the changes could apply to 1.7 million workers such as novelists, accountants, online traders and financial advisors.

If you would like to read the complete report from HSE please click here

The Abaco Team