In general, the problem lies less with the regulations themselves and more with the way they are interpreted and applied. In some cases, this is caused by inconsistent enforcement by regulators and in others by the influences of third parties that promote the generation of unnecessary paperwork and a focus on health and safety activities that go above and beyond the regulatory requirements. Sometimes the legislation itself can contribute to the confusion, through its overall structure, a lack of clarity, or apparent duplication in some areas.
Meanwhile, there are instances where regulations designed to address real risks are being extended to cover trivial ones, whilst the requirement to carry out a risk assessment has turned into a bureaucratic nightmare for some businesses. The legal requirement to carry out a risk assessment is an important part of a risk management process but instead, businesses are producing or paying for lengthy documents covering every conceivable risk, sometimes at the expense of controlling the significant risks in their workplace.
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