Health and safety at work act (HASAWA) 1974 – The act covers all employment activities, apart from private domestic workers. Consequently when the act came into force some years ago, it brought for the first time 12 million people under the protection of H&S legislation.
HASAWA applies to employers, self- employed persons, sub- contractors, visitors to places of employment, members of the public affected by the employers activities, designers, suppliers, importers, employees, directors and managers. HASAWA 1974 places general duties on employers to:
TWFNE provides a service to its clients that enables these and the other duties placed upon them by HSAWA 1974 to be undertaken by means of implementing systems and procedures supported by competent advice .
The Management of Health and safety at work regulations 1999 extend the general duties placed on employers by HASAWA 1974. In particular the regulations require that suitable and sufficient Risk Assessments are carried out. Following risk assessment appropriate control measures must be put in place. This may include the development of emergency procedures and the provision of information to those who may be affected
In order to manage H&S successfully, employers must be able to plan, organise, control, monitor and review the management arrangements. Furthermore, when deciding control measures and developing arrangements, employers must have access to competent advice.