UK safety professionals ‘pro EU regulation’
But many want to see it reduced
UK health and safety and environment professionals believe that EU influence on regulation has a positive effect, according to a survey commissioned by Cedrec.
The survey shows that despite some misgivings, environment and safety professionals generally feel the EU is having a positive impact on boosting the quality of health and safety and environmental legislation.
Cedrec, which provides advice in interpreting and complying with environmental and safety legislation, undertook the survey to gauge popular perceptions about the EU.
Although respondents were generally positive about the EU, the survey did reveal that the majority of environment and safety professionals did not want to see any more EU legislation.
More than half (54 percent) of those surveyed believed that the EU was having a positive impact on making workplaces safer. Only a third (34 percent) felt it was having a negative effect.
More than two thirds (68 percent) of those surveyed believed that the EU was helping to improve the environment, while a quarter (25 percent) felt it was making things worse.
The survey revealed a reluctance to see any increase in environment and safety legislation — 54 percent of respondents want to see a reduction in legislation, while 43 percent thought the current amount of EU legislation was right.
The majority of participants thought the UK should take the EU elections seriously and will be voting in the elections. Most respondents consider the EU elections as important as the UK elections.
Cedrec director Gareth Billinghurst stressed the importance of the UK having a strong presence within the EU:
“The concerns I have with these elections are that they are being hijacked by various fringe political parties that have no intention of working with or within Europe, or working with Europe for the greater good of Great Britain.
“The majority of our health and safety and environmental legislation has its roots in Europe so as we are part of the EU, we need to ensure Europe works for us and take the lead when and where we can. Our votes in this election are key to this.
“A national general election is the only platform where we should be considering anti-European or protest votes. Raising such concerns at an election for MEPs to represent the UK in the European Parliament are misguided, badly timed and just weaken our voice. We need to take this election seriously.”
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