What are the main health and safety regulations?
Legally, employers are considered responsible for health and safety management and must do whatever is reasonably practicable to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees.
If you are an employer, you must ensure all risks to health and safety are appropriately controlled. You should do so by following these health and safety regulations, such as:
- Carrying out a risk assessment and decide what could harm your employees at work and which precautions must be taken to prevent it. You should determine existing hazards in the workplace, establish the significance of the risk, identify and implement prevention and control measures, and produce a clear management plan.
- Explaining how risks will be controlled and communicate who is responsible for this
- Consulting and working with your employees and health and safety officers to protect your team from harm
- Providing appropriate health and safety training
- Providing staff with any equipment or protective clothing needed to do their jobs safely
- Providing toilets, washing facilities and drinking water
- Providing adequate first aid facilities
- Reporting major injuries, fatalities, diseases, and dangerous incidents to the HSE
- Having insurance that covers employees who get hurt or ill through work
If you employee a team of five or more you must have a written health and safety policy statement, setting out how you manage health and safety at work.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 can be found here, containing a more in-depth look at health and safety legislation.
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