Know the law. Don't get caught out!
This is a good place to start if you don't know what your legal obligations are as an employer, or if you want to find out a bit more about the benefits of training your staff.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 , also referred to as HASAW or HSW, is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom. The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for enforcing the Act and a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments relevant to the working environment.
Every employer and employee has a duty of care. The
Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 set out the essential aspects of First Aid that employers have to address.
There is a legal requirement to report and document accidents and ill health at work. Serious accidents and illnesses are
reportable under RIDDOR which is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. You
need to report the following to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive).
Several pieces of legislation refer to the training of staff, in
particular the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. Risk assessment
plays an essential role in identifying training and development needs.
The Health and Safety at Work Act imposes a duty on every employer of five or more persons to prepare
and bring to the notice of employees a written statement of general policy with respect to their health and safety at work.
How can I keep up dated on changes?
Health and safety legislation is reviewed, changed and updated on a regular basis. You will find useful information on the HSE on www.hse.gov.uk Furthermore the HSE or your local Environmental Health Department can provide useful information.
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