18 June 2010
Review of health and safety laws to take place
A review of the UK's health and safety laws is to be undertaken by a peer.
Lord Young of Graffham has been officially appointed as the advisor to new prime minister David Cameron concerning the issue and in his role he will explore current legislation.
It is thought he will report back to the leader of the government either shortly before the summer recess or immediately afterwards.
Commenting on the appointment of Lord Young, Mr Cameron said he is "pleased" the peer has agreed to take the role and lead the review.
He added: "We need a sensible new approach that makes clear these laws are intended to protect people, not overwhelm businesses with red tape."
Meanwhile, Mr Young noted that while regulations governing people's wellbeing are crucial in many industries, they may have been applied too generally and some have become an unnecessary burden.
According to figures produced by the Health and Safety Executive, there were a total of 246,000 reportable injuries suffered by workers in 2008-09.