Health and Saftey at Work Act 1974

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Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

The Health and Safety at Work Act intended to implement a policy of control in regard to Health and Safety in the workplace.

The Act gives: -

General duties for both employees and employers in order to maintain health and safety. •Ability to the Health and Safety executive to enforce legislation •Power to the Department of Employment to make legally binding regulations to cover hazards

The Act states that employers must provide a statement of policy regarding the Health and Safety of their employees at work.

Six new EC directives in 1993 added new areas to health and safety at work and all firms must comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act and also the six directives.

The directives

1.Management of Heath and Safety at Work Regulations 1992.

Employers of over 5 employees must make written assessment of Health and Safety risks to their employees at the place of work and also the risks to other persons affected by the operation of the business.

Employers must make provision to implement procedures to deal with identified risks.

Employers must appoint a health and safety advisor to ensure that these arrangements are implemented.

Employers must have a procedure for Health and Safety emergencies

Employees must be given training and information on health and safety at work.

Where 2 or more employees share a workplace, they must work together and co-operate to comply with the regulations.

Employers must ensure that all employees are competent to do their jobs.

2.Other directives

These relate to matters concerning:

a)the cleanliness, safety and tidiness of the workplace, including the provision of separate toilet facilities b)the use of computer screens
c)the provision and use of protective equipment
d)the use, safety and provision of machinery
e)the methods of manually handling goods that may cause injury at work

A breach of health and safety...
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