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UK Health & Safety Regulations

The following are the main Health & Safety Regulations currently in operation, all of which have an impact on UK businesses.  As an employer or business owner you should ensure you understand the implications of this legislation on your business, its premises and any staff you employ and where necessary have the correct procedures in place and training completed.  Non compliance can result in significant fines from the Health & Safety Executive.

We are always happy to help with any questions regarding specific training requirements from this legislation.  Contact our specialist H&S Training team to find out more. 

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Often referred to as HASAW or HSW, this Act of Parliament is the main piece of UK health and safety legislation. It places a duty on all employers "to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work" of all their employees.

Employers must also keep and revise a written record of health and safety policy and consult with employees or their representatives on such policies (this only applies to those employing five or more).

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 places a duty on employers to assess and manage risks to their employees and others arising from work activities.

Employers must also make arrangements to ensure the health and safety of the workplace, including making arrangements for emergencies, adequate information and training for employees, and for health surveillance where appropriate.

Employees must work safely in accordance with their training and instructions given to them. Employees must also notify the employer or the person responsible for health and safety of any serious or immediate danger to health and safety or any shortcoming in health and safety arrangements.

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

Known as RIDDOR, these regulations require employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, to report work-related deaths, major injuries, work-related diseases and dangerous occurrences.

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

These regulations are concerned with the working environment. They place a duty on employers to make sure that the workplace is safe and suitable for the tasks being carried out there, and that it does not present risks to employees and others.

Further information on the Health & Safety Legislation detailed above in the form of a short guide to the law can be obtained from the HSE website.

Also, we have complied useful Health & Safety downloads of free guides covering specific aspects of H&S legislation.