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Health and safety update

The SARAH Bill adds nothing to the current health and safety landscape and is just government posturing against a mythical compensation culture, argues Zahra Nanji

15 September 2014

The justice secretary, Chris Grayling introduced a new bill, the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (SARAH), in June 2014.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) preamble to SARAH reads as follows: “The Bill has been developed in response to concerns that people may be put off from taking part in voluntary activities, helping others, or intervening in an emergency due to worries about risking liability. The government
also wants to make sure that when people such
as employers have been taking a responsible approach towards the safety of others trying activity and something goes wrong, the courts
will take account of the circumstances.

“The Bill therefore contains measures to
reassure people that if they are acting for the benefit of society, intervening, in an emergency,
or demonstrating a generally responsible approach towards th...

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