Review of health and safety roles and responsibilities
• Two pieces of legislation relating to health, safety and welfare at work are identified
The most important piece of Legislation with relevance to Health and Safety in the workplace is The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. A large number of Regulations have been made under this Act including:
• The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 as amended 2003. • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 as amended 2002. • The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 as amended 2002. • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 as amended 2003. • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
• The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 as amended 2003. • The Noise at Work Regulations 1989.
• Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 as amended 2002. • The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 as amended 2002. • The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations1995. • Health & Safety (Information for Employees) Regulations 1989. • Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996. • Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals Regulations) 1996. • The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 as amended 2002. • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 as amended 2002. • The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002. • The Gas Appliances (Safety Regulations) 1992.
• The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
Of these regulations made under The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 the most important one is The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Both of these pieces of Legislation are concerned with general duties toward Health and Safety in the workplace. Whereas the other aforementioned Health and Safety Regulations have a more specific remit and area of application, as is indicated by their title. Not all Regulations are applicable to all organisations and some Regulations may be applicable to greater or lesser extent and neither is the list above exhaustive. Health and Safety Legislation which is relevant to the normal and usual activities of the organisation within which I am employed includes not only the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 but also other regulations to cover work activities that carry specific risks within the organisation, for example it is necessary that most employees use a computer on a daily basis as such this activity is covered by The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992. In addition to this it many activities carry a specific risk of direct bodily harm to employees such as needlestick type injuries from fly tipping investigations as such this activity is covered directly by The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 as amended 2002.
• Two duties statute law imposes on both the manager and the team are explained As previously mentioned the main piece of legislation affecting the management of health and safety in the workplace across all Departments is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This Act provides a framework for ensuring the health and safety of all employees in any work activity. It also provides for the health and safety of anyone who may be affected by work activities in eg members of the public. Managers and team members have a duty to comply with the requirements set out in the Act. For managers these duties can be summarised as follows: • Section 2 places a duty on managers to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all team members as far as is reasonably practicable. It also requires that managers consult with trade union...