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Health and Safety at work legislation will not apply to the self employed from 1 October 2015 or will it?

From the 1/10/15, if you are self-employed and your work activity poses no potential risk to the health and safety of other workers or members of the public, then health and safety law will not apply to you.
The HSE estimate that health and safety law will no longer apply to 1.7 million self-employed people like novelists, journalists, graphic designers, accountants, confectioners, financial advisors and online traders.
However if you undertake High risk activities the law will still apply. High risk sectors include:
• Agriculture
• Construction
• Gas
• Railways
• Asbestos
Although this is a change in principle to the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974 in reality low risk self employed workers have never had to worry about health and safety law or been targeted by enforcement agency as they are by definition so low risk. So in practice very little has changed.
For more information check out the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_facebook type=”box_count”][/vc_column][/vc_row]