Monday 24 June 2013

Government plan to simplify work experience H&S requirements

 On 21st June Ministers outlined plans to make it as easy as possible for employers to take on work experience students. These include:
  • A committment from the insurance industry to treat work experience students as employees for the purposes of insurance against bodily injury, and confirmation that simply giving work experience opportunities to students will not in itself impact on insurance premiums.
  • HSE has issuing guidance providing clarity on employers’ obligations with regard to risk assessments - making it clear that if workplace risk has already been assessed with young people in mind, a business does not need to repeat this for each new student.
  • Publishing by DfE and Ofsted of a guide to clarify the health and safety responsibilities for educational establishments organising work experience opportunities.
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