Clearview South July 2013 - Issue 140 - Page 59

HEALTH&SAFETY Ministers to end work experience Health and Safety confusion The latest stage of the Government’s commitment to debunking health and safety myths, and slashing burdensome rules, has seen Ministers outline plans to make it as easy as possible for employers to take on work experience students. Employers have been hampered in the past by thinking that they have to do special risk assessments for young people, and even having to repeat the same assessment for every young person they give a chance of work experience, even though the circumstances were exactly the same. In an open letter to employers, Mark Hoban, Vince Cable, Matthew Hancock, Oliver Letwin and Michael Fallon voiced their commitment to putting an end to this kind of health & safety bureaucracy, building on progress already made by the Red Tape Challenge. The Health and Safety Executive has also today issued revised guidance to employers and the Department for Education has worked with Ofsted to publish guidance on how Ofsted will inspect Health and Safety. And to give employers peace of mind, the Association of British Insurers will also today be reassuring them that they don’t have to take out special insurance policies to cover students on work experience. Minister for Employment Mark Hoban said: “We know that work experience gives young people vital insights into the world of work, encourages them to aspire to great things, and helps them to prepare for their future. “Too often in the past, the crazy cornucopia of confusing rules discouraged employers from taking young people on. That’s why we have been working across Government to make sure the rules are clear and easy to understand. Minister for Skills, Matthew Hancock said: “The new guidance radically reduces the burdens placed on schools and local businesses. ‘Sensible questions’ will replace the mountains of paperwork, which has resulted in many businesses refusing to offer work experience to young people. It makes clear that it is not the responsibility of schools to check health and safety on work placements, and that companies need do no more than they would do for one of their own employees.” John Wastnage, Head of Employment and Skills at the British Chambers of Commerce said: “The commitment from the insurance industry to include work experience students within existing Employers’ Liability Compulsory Insurance will also reassure business owners that they offer help in an easy and responsible way.” Only from Hörmann Hörmann hand transmitters for garage door and entrance gate operators Convenient and secure: operators with BiSecur • More convenience thanks to door position query • Bi-directional radio transmission, as secure as online banking • Elegantly designed hand transmitters (reddot winner) 50/13-B To read more, visit JUL 2013 59 ref: CV