What Is The Retained EU Law Act and How Does It Affect Scaffolders?
On June 29th, 2023, the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill received its Royal Assent, which saw it become an Act of Government. This now allows the Government to repeal, amend and replace all laws that were retained following Brexit, ensuring that they can focus on UK law taking priority.
Since the Royal Assent, the Government has confirmed that it is committed to retaining all of the high standards in place already where necessary. This means that any legislation and regulations not listed on the revocation schedule will be kept under UK law from January 1st, 2024. You can view all of the laws that will be revoked by the end of the year here.
Some of the most critical EU laws and regulations that will be retained from January 2024 include those that relate to health and safety for workers operating within the construction sector. This includes the following:
These three core acts do not currently appear on the revocation schedule, so they will continue to be followed into 2024 and beyond. The list is not exhaustive, though, and the Government has confirmed that they will continue to review the Retained EU Law Act and amend it further where needed. Any sections that could be repealed will first undergo extensive consultation with the relevant sector, following the Government’s strict consultation principles.
The Act affects scaffolders in several ways, depending on the nature and source of the retained EU law that applies to their work. Some examples are:
Scaffolders can prepare for the potential changes by:
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