The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act (1974), covers the workplace and those affected by the work undertaken, however, some activities have additional specific legislation:
- Work Areas
- Computers and display screen equipment
- Manual Handling
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Accident Reporting
- Working at Height
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) require employers to identify and assess risks in their workplace. The findings of the risk assessment must be recorded if 5 or more people are employed.
‘Competent people’ must be appointed to undertake the assessment and implement any safety measures identified.
A ‘competent person’ is someone who has sufficient training, experience or knowledge to enable them to properly assist the employer in complying with health and safety legislation.
The regulations also require employers to:
- Set up emergency procedures
- Provide clear information and training to employees
- Share information on risks and co-ordinate control measures with other employers that use the same workplace
- Regularly review risks and safety measures – where appropriate these should be updated to reflect changes
Remember it is your responsibility to thoroughly research what is required for your business.