Red tape cut for health and safety

The government has announced plans to cut the amount of health and safety inspections on businesses, introducing a risk-based approach.

Business minister Michael Fallon said that new rules, which come into affect from April 2013, will mean thousands of businesses, which are considered low-risk, will no longer have checks carried out routinely.

The move is intended to cut regulation and red tape, and will primarily affect businesses such as shops and offices. However, areas such as food production will remain on the high-risk list.

The move has angered unions, with the GMB claiming the safety of employees and customers was being put at risk.