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The Government believe new energy technologies will make a major contribution to the UK’s energy future. To help enable this, health and safety issues must be appropriately addressed.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently completed a programme of work reviewing the health and safety hazards associated with key emerging energy technologies, including offshore wind power. This work concluded that the existing legislative framework, established under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, is sufficient to manage the hazards associated with emerging energy technologies and did not identify a current need to extend the permissioning regime adopted in the offshore oil and gas sector to offshore wind development. HSE is supplementing this approach by working with industry to encourage the spread of relevant good practice developed by existing offshore industries into new energy sectors. The Government will continue to monitor the application of health and safety legislation to all areas of emerging energy to ensure that hazards are managed and controlled effectively.