Requirements of the law

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The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 was introduced to protect the health and safety of everyone at work.

Your employer is responsible for the following.

  • Protecting the health, safety and welfare of all their employees at work.
  • Providing and maintaining plant and systems of work that are safe.
  • Making sure articles and substances are safely used, handled, stored and transported.
  • Providing information, instruction, training and supervision, and communicating these effectively.
  • Maintaining any place of work under their control in a condition that is safe and without risk to health.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act imposes a legal duty on you as an employee. This means you have legal duties to do the following.

  • Work safely, by protecting your own health and safety and that of other people who may be endangered by your acts or omissions.
  • Co-operate with your employer in relation to health and safety. (Make sure you understand and follow all safety rules, method statements and precautions.)
  • Make sure you wear your protective clothing and use any equipment correctly.
  • Report anything you think is unsafe (including any damaged or faulty protective clothing or equipment).
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act states that employers must give every worker suitable health and safety information, instruction, training and supervision, as is needed to make sure workers are kept safe in the workplace.