Health and Safety – The General Picture

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The primary body of legislation that covers occupational health and safety in the UK is the Health and Safety at Work Act. The Act imposes general duties for health and safety on employers, employees and others in in the UK such as landlords, manufacturers, suppliers and designers.

Employers, whether they are individual business owners/ directors or the senior management of much larger organisations, have to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all of their employees and protect other such as visitors and contractors. Employers have to consult with unions via union reps and produce a written policy statement with an explanation of how all of this is to be done.

Employees have correlative duties. They have to co-operate with arrangements put in place by the employer to ensure health and safety, and they have to take care not to put themselves and others at risk

As a manager or supervisor, additional health and safety responsibilities the management training and resources for which you must ensure has been provided by your employer in order to fulfil those responsibilities without being in a vulnerable position..

Do you know about the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977?

This law allows unions to appoint health and safety representatives for their members on health and safety issues. Safety reps must be familiar with this law including the approved codes of practice and the guidance, and the regulations themselves. This information is held in the Brown Book.

Additional law

Many other regulations exist that must be adhered to, making explicit the implied duties in the Health and Safety at Work Act. These include:

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations
  • Display Screen Equipment Regulations
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations
  • Noise at Work Regulations
  • Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations
  • Electricity at Work Regulations
  • Personal Protective Equipment Regulations

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