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Industrial Health and Safety: Hazardous Substances

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 22 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring cost of implementing the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 to (i) businesses and (ii) the regulators. (125588)

The cost to business of implementing the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 was estimated to be £350 million over a 10-year period, of which £150 million was initial costs.

Costs, over the same period, to the health and safety regulators were estimated to be in the region of £6.62 million, of which £75,000 were initial costs.

These figures should be considered against the total losses associated with incidents involving dangerous substances.

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