Proposals will increase penalties for health and safety offencesNew powers to make transport operators and employers more responsible forthe safety of their workers and the travelling public were announced last monthin the Queen’s speech. The proposed Safety Bill is aimed at making travel by rail, air, sea and onthe roads safer and will include proposals for revitalising health and safetyat work. It will increase penalties for health and safety offences and removeCrown immunity from statutory enforcement. The Safety Bill is likely to: – Implement some of the recommendations from Lord Cullen’s wide-rangingreview of rail safety – Tackle alcohol and drug use by safety-critical personnel in civil aviationand shipping – Raise port and maritime safety standards – Set a framework for delivery of Government commitments on road safetystrategy and the meeting of new road safety targets – Improve standards of health and safety in the workplace. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said, “There have been a number ofdisturbing safety issues raised in recent years, both among the travellingpublic and in the workplace. “We are determined to do something about this. My whole working lifehas been dedicated to improving safety. This Bill should go a long way tomaking life safer for both workers and travellers.” Previous Article Next Article Safety Bill announcedOn 1 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.