Industrial health and safety

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on industrial health and safety. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

09.06.2015EU exit: impact in key UK policy areas
If the UK left the EU, would UK citizens benefit? This would depend on how the Government filled any policy gaps left by withdrawal. In some areas, the environment, for example, where the UK is bound by other international agreements, much of the content of EU law would probably remain. In others, the government might decide to retain the substance of EU law, or to remove EU obligations from UK statutes. Much would also depend on whether the UK sought to remain in the European Economic Area and therefore continue to have access to the single market, or preferred to go it alone and negotiate bilateral agreements with the EU. This paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers how it might change be if the UK left the EU.
10.02.2015Mesothelioma: civil court claims
This note provides an overview of civil court claims for mesothelioma.
18.09.2014Asbestos-related diseases: payments from the Department for Work and Pensions
Exposure to asbestos fibres can lead to a number of serious diseases. People suffering from certain conditions may be able to pursue a civil claim for damages against one or more employers responsible for exposing them to asbestos negligently and/or in breach of a statutory duty. Compensation may also be available under schemes administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
10.09.2014Household Safety (Carbon Monoxide Detectors) Bill [Bill 26 of 2014-15]
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas. This Private Member's Bill aims to introduce a requirement that a functioning carbon monoxide detector must be installed in all newly built and all rented residential properties.
06.01.2014Mesothelioma Bill [HL]: House of Commons stages
The Mesothelioma Bill [HL] establishes a new Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme to make payments to people with diffuse mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos either negligently or in breach of statutory duty by an employer, and who are unable to bring a claim for damages against the employer or an Employers' Liability (EL) insurer.
18.11.2013Mesothelioma Bill
The Bill provides the legislative framework for a new Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme to make payments to people with diffuse mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos either negligently or in breach of statutory duty by an employer, and who are unable to bring a claim for damages against the employer or an Employers' Liability (EL) insurer.
06.12.2011Electricity substations and health
Electricity substations, like overhead power lines and electrical appliances in the home, are sources of extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields. These have given rise to health concerns and calls for protective legislation.
02.12.2011Health and safety: police
Concerns that health and safety laws unduly burden the police have led to the production of new guidance.
18.11.2011Health and safety: small businesses
Health and safety legislation applies to the smallest of businesses but guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and government reviews aim to simplify compliance.
22.03.2011Health and safety
This note sets out the framework of how the health and safety law operates, with a particular focus on the criminal law established by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974


01.02.2009Food hygiene standards, February 2009
This briefing describes recent developments in food regulation and examines options to improve food hygiene in businesses through monetary penalties, training and the use of local "Scores on the Doors" schemes.

Select Committee Reports

03.03.2010Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Enforcement of regulations on commercial vehicles.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
21.10.2009Workplace health and safety: follow-up report.
Government response. Department for Work and Pensions; Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]
08.07.2009Workplace health and safety: follow-up report.
Work and Pensions Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House is aware that every year in the UK over 4,000 people die as a result of their past exposure to asbestos, deaths which are not confined to only those employed in industrial ...
That this House is alarmed that the number of people killed in the workplace in the last financial year increased to 171, 24 more than in the previous 12 months; is concerned at figures ...
That this House is concerned at the risk to firefighters' lives and safety caused by fires in industrial and commercial buildings, as well as the cost of these fires through the loss ...
That this House notes a number of recent tragic cases of people injured and even killed by peroxide hair products; further notes that these injuries are entirely preventable without ...
That this House opposes the idea of charging small firms for health and safety inspections, as proposed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE); notes that there is a risk this could ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses