§ Mr. Barron
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many employers have been prosecuted, since April 1986, under each of the regulations identified as candidates for revocation in his press notice 154/93 of 20 July 1993.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
[holding answer 9 February 1994]: The number of employers prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive's field operations division's inspectors, since April 1986, under each of the regulations identified as candidates for revocation in the Employment Department press notice of 20 July are set out in the following tables. The aim of any repeals or revocations will be to increase the effectiveness of the regulatory regime, which will include continuing to prosecute employers who fall below acceptable standards of health and safety.
Regulations Number of employers prosecuted The Flax and Tow Spinning and Weaving Regulations 1906 1None The Hemp Spinning and Weaving Regulations 1907 1None The Cotton Cloth Factories Regulations 1929 1None The Cotton Cloth (Record of Humidity) Regulation 1964 None The Homework Order 1911 None The Homework Order 1912 None The Homework Order 1913 None The Homework (Lampshades) Order 1929 None The Homework Orders Variation Order 1938 None The Agriculture (Poisonous Substances) Act 1952 None
Regulations Number of employers prosecuted The Agriculture (Ladders) Regulations 1957 5 The Agriculture (Poisonous Substances) (Extension) Order 1965 None The Agriculture (Poisonous Substance) (Extension) Order 1966 None The Agriculture (Poisonous Substances) Act 1952 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1975 None The Breathing Apparatus etc. (Report on Examination) Order 1961 None The Shipbuilding (Reports on Breathing Apparatus) Order 1961 None The Dangerous Machines (Training of Young Persons) Order 1961 None The Prescribed Dangerous Machines Order 1964 None The Agriculture (Circular Saws) Regulations 1959 232 The Abrasive Wheels Regulations 1970 2311 The Factories Act 1961: Section 21 328 Section 30 441 Section 68 1 Section 133 None The Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Regulations 1960: Regulations 48–52 41 Regulations 60–65 None The Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963: Section 19 3None The Construction (General Provisions) Regulations 1961: regulation 21 4None The Docks Regulations 1988: regulation 18 4None
1 These regulations were largely revoked by the Workplaces (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. The latter apply to new workplaces immediately and to existing workplaces from 1 January 1996.
2 These regulations were largely revoked by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992. The revocations are effective for new equipment immediately and for existing work equipment from 1 January 1997. It is not possible to identify how many prosecutions have been taken under the parts of the Regulations that are revoked by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.
3The remaining provisions relate the training of operators. Proposals for their consolidation into one set of training requirements under more modern legislation are currently being considered by the Health and Safety Commission.
4 These provisions cover entry into confined spaces. Proposals for their consolidation into one set of requirements for confined spaces under more modern legislation are currently being considered by the Health and Safety Commission.