Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what your employer is obligated to provide for you in respect to health and safety.
Equally, if you employ people, it can feel like a bit of a minefield trying to figure out what you need to do.
At it’s most basic level, the Health and Safety at Work Act (UK) gives us a general idea of the minimum expectations in the workplace.
Your employer’s duties or your duties as an employer under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) and the associated Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations is to provide you with a safe and healthy workplace, and this includes:
- Providing safe plant and systems of work – enabling work to be carried out with lowest reasonable practicable risk
- Safe use, handling and transport of substances and materials
- Safe place of work – a working environment that minimises risk to health and safety, including adequate welfare facilities
- Carrying out risk assessments – as set out in regulations, and taking steps to eliminate or control these risks;
- Instruction, training and supervision – inform workers fully about all potential hazards & risk controls associated with any work process, chemical substance or activity, including;
- ‘Competent advice‘ available for health and safety – appoint someone suitably competent to manage H&S arrangements
- Consult the workforce on H&S issues
- Report and investigate relevant accident, diseases and dangerous occurrences – under RIDDOR regulations
This is just a summary of the main requirements relevant to the UK but it does not cover everything! For the latest specific & detailed information on Health and Safety legislation, always consult the UK government website at legislation.gov.uk
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