QUESTION 1 Primary Legislation Office of Public Sector Information (2009) says that ‘Primary legislation’ is the general term used to describe the main laws passed by the legislative bodies of the UK. Delegated Legislation Office of Public Sector Information (2009) says that ‘Secondary legislation’ is delegated legislation made by a person or body under authority contained in primary legislation. There are various key Acts of Parliament and Regulations that influence/affect the day to day working practices. They are Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – Primary Legislation Page (2009) describes that the acts ultimate aim is to promote safety awareness and effective safety standards in every organisation. The general requirement of the act is that the employer must: • • • protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees provide and maintain plant and systems of work that are safe and without risk to health. ensure safety and absence of risks in the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 – Delegated Legislation Page (2009) describes that the general requirement of the act is that the employer must ensure that workplaces comply with the requirements of the Regulations, which cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues. The major topics in these regulations are: maintenance of workplace, equipment servicing it; ventilation, temperature and lighting; cleanliness; etc
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Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1994 (as amended 1999) – Delegated Legislation Page (2009) describes that the general requirement of the act is that the employers are required to undertake a fire risk assessment of the workplace to establish the level of precautions necessary to ensure the safety of employees in the event of fire. This might entail, for example: • • • equipping the workplace... [continues]
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