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HSE Launches Online Consultation on Self Employment Exemptions

July 9, 2014
Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Executive are seeking views on the definitions of those self employed persons who will continue to have duties under health and safety law via an online consultation launched on the HSE website. The move is the next stage in the process that aims to exempt self employed workers from the requirements of Section 3 (2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 unless they appear on a prescribed list of exempt occupations.

Sarah Wadham from the HSE explained; “We are keen to hear from self-employed people who carry out these prescribed activities. Health and safety law will still apply to them and we need to ensure that legal definitions are clear and easy for them to understand,” she said.“We also want to provide clear health and safety guidance to all self-employed workers in an accessible way. Feedback from this consultation will be invaluable in helping us do this.” 

The current list of prescribed activities include those where there is a significant risk to members of the public or areas where there is the potential for mass fatalities. Activities where there is a European Union obligation to retain the general duty on self employed persons such as mobile or temporary construction sites are also included. The consultation runs for eight weeks closing on August 31st. 

You can access the consultation here .