Health and safety act
We keep receiving a particular question over and over again “The Health and safety act what is it and why should we care?”
OK so we decided to give a very brief summary on the site to answer this question however a more comprehensive description can be emailed if you contact us.
The health and safety at work act 1974 (health and safety act, HASAW or HSW) is an enabling act that enables pieces of legislation to be written under specific Acts of Parliament to give a clear understanding of what is expected by employers and employees by law.
The legislation covers a huge range of topics, some common examples you may be affected by include:
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations
Confined Spaces Regulations
Construction (Head Protection) Regulations
Control of Asbestos Regulations
Control of Lead at Work Regulations
Control of Noise at Work Regulations
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
Control of Vibration at Work Regulations
Diving at Work Regulations
Electricity at Work Regulations
Health and Safety Information for Employees
Manual Handling Operations Regulations
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations
Work at Height Regulations
(Please note the dates have been removed as amendments will certainly be made to regulations as this post ages) Health and safety act
A full list can be viewed at http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/statinstruments.htm
As you can see there will be at least a few regulations above that will no doubt affect you in your line of work.
Under these regulations there will be duties placed on the employer and the employee in any particular company that must be adhered to to comply with legislation.
So the Health and safety act, this has been is a very (very) quick summary for all those who have asked what it is and why you should care.