Retail campaigners have welcomed the findings of an official review into health and safety legislation, which calls for the lifting of a number of onerous regulations.

Lord Young's review, which was accepted by the government this week, recommended that the risk assessment procedure for low-hazard workplaces such as stores be simplified. It called for the launch of a consultation aimed at improving the system of health and safety for large multi-site retail businesses such as supermarkets.

It also recommended steps to be taken to ensure EU health and safety rules for low-risk businesses were not overly prescriptive.

"Any move that frees ­retailers from the time and expense of pointless red tape is welcome," said Tom Ironside, director of business and regulation at the British Retail Consortium.