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).