The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 provides the legal framework in Britain to promote, stimulate and encourage high standards of health and safety for people at work and protection for others, members of the public, against risks that arise from work activities. Employers must make sure that:
-Safe plant and safe systems of work
-Safe handling, storage, maintenance and transport of work articles and substances.
-Necessary information, instruction, training and supervision
-A safe place of work with safe access.
-A safe working environment with adequate welfare facilities.
Employers are also required to provide adequate health and safety training for employees, which must be repeated at suitable intervals.
Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
The employer's duty is to avoid Manual Handling as far as reasonably practicable if there is a possibility of injury. If this cannot be done then they must reduce the risk of injury as far as reasonably practicable. If an employee is complaining of discomfort, any changes to work to avoid or reduce manual handling must be monitored to check they are having a positive effect. Employees have general health and safety duties to:
-follow appropriate systems of work laid down for their safety
-make proper use of equipment provided for their safety
-co-operate with their employer on health and safety matters
-inform the employer if they identify hazardous handling activities
-take care to ensure that their activities do not put others at risk
Employers must take steps to reduce the risk happening.
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002(COSHH)
COSHH packaging has any of the hazard symbols then it is classed as a hazardous substance. All hazardous substances supplied for sale must carry the Hazard Warning Symbol appropriate to the substance. They are generally the orange and black symbols found on many common substances or