The forthcoming review of EU health and safety law also needs to consider how safety laws are actually being enforced and working in practice in member states, argues Neal Stone, the British Safety Council’s director of policy and communications, in this opinion piece.

The review of health and safety law, Reclaiming health and safety for all, led by Ragnar Löfstedt, included a lengthy chapter on the role of the European Union (EU) in health and safety law making. The report notes that the growth of directives on health and safety, driven in part by legislation intended “to facilitate the free movement of workers within a single market”, have “helped provide a level playing field across Europe, which can help competitiveness, particularly as UK health and safety law was already well established”.

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