Are you wondering whether you should be making any preparations for health and safety changes after Brexit?

For most small businesses, the answer is that there will be no real changes in the short term.

You have a responsibility for the health and safety of employees and anyone else affected by your work activity.  This does not change.

What you do to ensure health and safety should be proportionate to the risk.  That also remains the same.

Anyone who has travelled in the EU, especially to Southern Europe, will know that our health and safety standards are already more consistent than some of those on display in public places in Europe, so you might expect that having an independent system of regulation will not make much difference.

There are exceptions, and businesses which will be affected.  If you have not already done so, follow this link for detailed information on your particular circumstances.  This is general rather than H&S specific.

For health and safety changes in particular, you will be affected if you supply chemicals to the EU or the UK, and also if you supply machinery or work equipment.  On the supply of machinery and work equipment, the big change in January is that the UKCA mark (UK Conformity Assessed) will begin to replace the CE mark on goods being sold in the UK.  There is a transition period from Jan 2021 to Jan 2022 during which the CE mark will be accepted, but you are encouraged to move across to the UKCA as quickly as possible.  The UKCA mark will not be accepted for goods marketed in the EU.

I’m happy as always to talk through any particular concerns you may have.