The Health and Safety Executive is inviting views from self-employed workers in the region on a list of work activities it is proposed will continue to have duties under health and safety law.
Under current proposals the self-employed will be exempt from Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA) except those undertaking activities on a list. The HSE has launched an online consultation that explains the activities, as well as seeking views on the proposed definitions.
The consultation will run for eight weeks, closing on 31 August. Responses will be analysed once it is closed.
Specified activities include: Those which have high rates of injuries and/or fatalities, such as agriculture;
Where there is a significant risk to members of the public, for example fairground attractions.