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The UK government to scrap over 3,000 regulations

Health and safety checks dropped to "curb red tape".

The UK government has announced plans to scrap or overhaul more than 3,000 regulations in an effort to "curb red tape" and improve business growth.

The move exempts shops, offices, pubs and clubs from health and safety inspections. Businesses will only face inspections if they are operating in higher risk areas such as construction or if they have an incident or a track record of poor performance.

The process of identifying which regulations will be scrapped or overhauled will be completed by the end of December 2013. Starting April 2013, the government will introduce binding rules on both the health and safety executive and on local authorities.

In addition, legislation will be introduced in October to ensure that businesses will only be held liable for civil damages in health and safety cases if they can be shown to have acted negligently.

The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, said: 

In these tough times, businesses need to focus all their energies on creating jobs and growth, not being tied up in unnecessary red tape. I've listened to those concerns and we're determined to put common sense back into areas like health and safety, which will reduce costs and fear of burdensome inspections.

The business minister Michael Fallon said:

Today’s announcement injects fresh impetus into our drive to cut red tape. We have identified the red tape and now we are going to cut it. We're getting out of the way by bringing common sense back to health and safety. We will now be holding departments’ feet to the fire to ensure all unnecessary red tape is cut.