An overview of the main regulations that employees need to be aware of to achieve Health and Safety legal compliance.
Further information on the Health and Safety at Work Act etc. 1974 available here.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Main employer duties under this regulation:
• Designate a competent person to oversee workplace health and safety
• Educate and train employees on workplace health and safety
• Carry out a workplace risk assessment and implement precautionary measures to reduce the identified risks
• Describes how you manage H&S within your business
• Informs your staff and others of your commitment to H&S
• Identifies who does what, when and how
• MUST be written down if you have 5 or more employees
Find out more about The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
Employers must provide:
• Adequate lighting, heating ventilation
• Staff facilities such as toilets, washing facilities and refreshment facilities
• Safe workspace (no tripping hazards etc.)
Find out more about The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
PPE is introduced to the work place as a last resort in the hierarchy of health and safety control. In the instance that all previous preventative measures have been found ineffective in controlling risks, then PPE can be introduced.
Employers are required to provide:
• Suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), free of charge, in any instance of a health and safety risk that cannot be sufficiently controlled in other ways
• PPE must be appropriate to the situation i.e. face masks, goggles, safety helmets etc.
• Sufficient training on PPE
Find out more about The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
• Avoid the need for employees to undertake manual handling that may cause injury
• Undertake a risk assessment for manual handling
• Provide employees with weight information
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The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Employers need to:
• Ensure work equipment is suitable and safe
• Maintain work equipment efficiently
• Provide training on use of equipment
• Protect employees from dangerous parts of equipment
Find out more about The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
Employers are required to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences to the HSE or to the nearest local authority environmental health department.
Examples of injuries or incidents that must be reported:
• Specified injuries such as fractures, amputations, eye injuries etc.
• Occupational diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome, occupational asthma, tendonitis etc.
•The death of any person
• Non fatal accidents to non-workers (e.g. members of the public)
• Gas incidents
• Over seven day incapacitation of worker
• Dangerous occurrences
Find out more about The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995