Tuesday, 1 December 2009

The boy who would be king begins to worry!

So the boy who would be king speaks; he proposes to limit “elf n safetee” legislation in the UK (if elected) and curb the growing compensation culture that’s sprung out of this. He’s asked Lord Young, the Tory peer, to review "over-the-top health and safety laws" and scrap any legislation which does not fulfill a useful purpose.

One wonders what has prompted such an obvious pitch for middle England voters. Well a clue might be the recent poll over on conservative home that picks up the report that approval for the boy is declining, the start of the fall coinciding with his sell-out on the EU referendum. You don't say!

The boy thought he had parked "Europe" with his faux policy – he hasn't. It is coming back to haunt him, and will continue to do so, but don’t expect another “U turn” from Tory HQ on giving us the referendum we were promised, because all the ruling political elite have sold their souls, the deed is done and now the Lib Dems attempt to seal the coffin by saying there is “no public appetite” for an EU vote.

So meanwhile back in the batcave “call me Dave” claims that the EU and Labour were “partly to blame” because of the sheer volume of legislation HSE has spawned. He goes on to say it’s the way its interpreted and he complains its about the "perception we have allowed to develop that in Britain today behind every accident there is someone who is personally culpable, someone who must pay."

Someone at Tory HQ needs to let “Dave” in on the knowledge that Health and Safety at work is, of course, an exclusive EU competence. Thus, the EU is responsible for European Directives concerning the protection of workers, of which this is a list:

1.1 Framework directive
1.2 Individual directives (within the meaning of Article 16 of Directive 89/391/EEC)
1.2.01 Workplaces
1.2.02 Use of work equipment
1.2.03 Use of personal protective equipment
1.2.04 Work with display screen equipment
1.2.05 Manual handling
1.2.06 Carcinogens
1.2.07 Biological agents
1.2.08 Safety signs
1.2.09 Pregnant workers
1.2.10 Mineral-extracting industries (drilling)
1.2.11 Mineral-extracting industries
1.2.12 Fishing vessels
1.2.13 Chemical agents
1.2.16 Temporary or mobile construction sites
1.2.14 Physical agents - vibration
1.2.15 Physical agents - noise
1.3 Temporary workers
1.4 Medical treatment on board vessels
1.5 Young people
1.7 Transport activities
1.8 Explosive atmospheres
1.9 Electrical equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres in mines susceptible to firedamp
1.10 Commission Communication on the practical implementation of the Framework Directive and first 5 daughter Directives, 05.02.2004
2. Protection of workers from risks related to exposure to chemical, physical and biological agents
2.1 Chemical agents
2.2 Individual directives
2.2.1 Metallic Lead
2.2.2 Asbestos
2.2.3 Noise
2.2.4 Banning
2.2.5 Indicative limit values
2.3 Vinyl chloride monomer
3. Working time
3.1 Working time
4. Equal treatment for men and women (employment, training and working conditions)
B. Internal market: approximation of laws
1. Machines, products and apparatus
1.1 CE marking 93/68
1.2 Machines
1.3 Lifts
1.4 Personal protective equipment
1.5 Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres (ATEX)
1.6 Pressure vessels
1.7 Gas cylinders
1.8 Aerosol dispensers
1.9 Simple pressure vessels
1.10 Pressure equipment
1.11 Construction plant and equipment
1.11.1 General provisions
1.11.2 Noise emission of construction plant and equipment Sound power level of welding generators Sound power level of compressors Sound power level of power generators Sound power level of powered hand-held concrete-breakers and picks Sound power level of tower cranes Sound power level of lawnmowers
1.12 Limitation of noise emitted by hydraulic excavators, rope-operated excavators, dozers, loaders and excavator-loaders
1.13 Construction products
1.14 Product safety
1.15 Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
1.16 Electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits
1.17 Appliances burning gaseous fuels
2. Dangerous substances and preparations
2.1 Framework directive
C. European directives concerning the protection of workers, consumers and population
1 Classification, packaging and labeling of dangerous substances
1.1 Framework directive
2 Classification, packaging and labeling of dangerous preparations
3 Safety data sheet
4 Risk assessment of substances
4.1 Risk assessment of existing substances
4.2 Risk assessment of new substances
5 Liability for defective products
6 General Product Safety
7 Major hazards of certain industrial activities
8 Transport of dangerous goods by road
8.1 Transport of dangerous goods by road
8.2 Checks on the transport of dangerous goods by road
8.3 Safety adviser for the transport of dangerous goods
9 Transport of dangerous goods by rail
10 Biotechnology
10.1 Genetically modified micro-organisms
11 Pesticides
11.1 Pesticides – Agriculture
D. Euratom
1 Ionising radiation

AND those are just THE DIRECTIVES. It does NOT include the seven-page list of regulations, and the thousands of EU standards.

I’ll take any odds the boy will scrap none of these, or be able to change one single "interpretation" because if elected (next June) as a member of the European Council, he will be obligated under this new Lisbon treaty to promote the aims and objectives of the European Union, over and above those of the UK, and will be bound by the rules of the European Union (including all of the above)

This is the usual Tory waffle, all Co2 and no substance. DO NOT Vote Tory (or BNP)


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