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Health and safety



Overview

What is health and safety all about?

Preventing people from being harmed by work or becoming ill by taking the right precautions - and providing a satisfactory working environment. Health and Safety rules require all of us not to put ourselves or others in danger. The law is also there to protect the public from workplace dangers.

Do health and safety laws apply to me?

Yes. All businesses, however small; even sole traders need to comply.

Who enforces health and safety law?

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or your local authority. For example:

  • HSE at factories, farms and building sites;
  • Local authorities in offices, shops, hotels and catering, and leisure activities.

 

Do I need to register my business?

It’s likely you will if you employ anyone.

Do I need to have employers’ liability insurance?

It’s the law if you employ anyone and you should display the certificate.

Do I need to display any posters?

Yes, the health and safety law poster if you employ anyone.

Do I have to report injuries at work?

Yes, and other incidents.

Employers duties

  • All employers and self-employed people have to assess risks at work
  • Employers with five or more employees should have a written health and safety policy
  • Employers with five or more employees have to record the significant findings of their risk assessment
  • Employers have a duty to involve their employees or their employees' safety representatives on health and safety matters
  • Employers have to provide free health and safety training or protective equipment for employees where it is needed

What law applies?

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (risk assessment)
  • Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996
  • Safety Representatives and Safety Commit

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Introduction

Health and safety policy

Workplace regulations

Fire risk assessment

Accidents

Hazardous substances

Stress

Gas and electricity

Noise

Computers

Working at height

Manual handling

Vulnerable employees

Vibration

Smoking

Workplace transport

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