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Businesses: Orders and Regulations

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the (a) one-off cost and (b) recurring costs of implementing the Work at Height Regulations to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (126649)

One-off costs to businesses were estimated to be £222 million to £292.3 million and recurring costs £86 million to £154.2 million. One-off costs for regulators were estimated to be £0.9 million and recurring costs £0.4 million.

Although we cannot attribute all of the reduction in falls injuries directly to the Work at Height Regulations they will have had a substantial influence and the lower number of reportable injuries to workers in 2005-06 compared with 2004-05 has saved nearly £51 million.

The information in this reply was drawn from the final regulatory impact assessment for the legislation that is available in the Library or on the HSE website at:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/ria/index.htm.

The Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are committed to meeting the Better Regulation challenge. HSE is constantly reviewing what can be done better to ensure that people are protected at work while avoiding unnecessary burdens on business.