The Tory and Lib Dem’s election pledges on H&S issues differ widely, so what should the industry expect now?

We are all aware that this funny new government has differing views within. That the mixture of Tory and Lib Dem, right and left, blue and yellow, leaves us with a smeary green smudge of a traditional, yet novel, somewhere right of centre ‘Con Dem’ government.

Before the coalition came together so romantically, we pondered what might be. We reviewed the manifestos and election chit-chat to see what their policies indicated regarding a new era in our health and safety world.

On reflection they showed two parties quite divided on key issues such as penalties for health and safety failures, regulation and whether to strengthen or tighten aspects of this and common sense vs control.