As the prime minister prepares to trigger article 50, should employees be concerned that health and safety regulations could be relaxed post-Brexit? Current health and safety laws are a combination of those originating in the UK as well as those created by the EU. While one of the apparent reasons for public dissatisfaction with the EU is so-called Brussels ‘red tape’, could we see a reversal of H&S rules?

All EU member states already had H&S guidelines in place before the 1986 Single European Act was introduced. The UK’s system, based on the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, was considered the ‘gold standard’ and unparalleled i...

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