As with all sectors and government departments HSE need to plan for deal or no deal when it comes to Brexit.Â At the recent HSE board meeting a topic put forward for discussion in the board report was HSEâ€™s Brexit communications strategy.
A discussion was held of how the HSE intends to communicate legislative changes flowing form the Brexit process, including a new intranet site for the HSEâ€™s own staff.
To prepare for Brexit, the HSE has secured Â£75,000 from a special Cabinet Office fund to pay for Brexit-related communications work.
But what is likely to happen?
The future of UK Health and Safety law can beÂ thought of in two possible ways; a Hard BrexitÂ allows the UKÂ complete control over its laws.Â However, dissent in the workforce and disruptionÂ to industry would almost certainly ensue shouldÂ the Government decide to substantially change orÂ revoke Health & Safety laws.
However a situation where some form of accessÂ to the Single Market is retained would probably seeÂ the UK obliged to continue to follow EU Directives.Â This would account for roughly two thirds of Health andÂ Safety laws, while enjoying less say in how thoseÂ Directives are made. Furthermore future tradeÂ agreements with other countries orÂ legislators might seeÂ other compliance requirements imposed on the UK.
Regardless of our post-Brexit relationship withÂ the EU, employers should know that sensible andÂ proportionate risk management pays for itself bothÂ morally and financially in what is going to be anÂ uncertain and possibly confusing time.