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26May94 UK: MOVE TO SIMPLIFY RISK ASSESSMENT.

Risk assessment laws are set to be simplified as part of the Government's deregulation drive.The move was due to be recommended by the Health and Safety Executive on Tuesday as part of a package of measures to prune the mass of safety legislation.Contractors are currently confused by risk assessment rules which call on them to carry out an array of hazard studies.And safety consultants are getting rich by charging contractors a fortune to carry out the assessments.The construction industry deregulation task force is proposing that one simple law covers all risk assessment in the industry.A task force member said: 'A lot of consultants are screwing a lot of people and it's money for old rope.'There is a mass of legislation governing risk assessments which can be simplified. That will lead to greater compliance.'A whole tranche of outdated health and safety rules are set to be dumped across all industries as part of the review.But union chiefs are claiming safety standards will not be watered down following a vigorous campaign to keep vital laws.The Government will now consider the HSE's recommendations before any alterations to the statute book are made. CONSTRUCTION NEWS