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Health & Safety Legislation

Health and safety At Work Act (HSAWA)1974

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:

  • Provide and Maintain plant and systems of work that are safe and without risk to health
  • Make arrangements to ensure that articles and substances can be used, handled, stored and transported safely
  • Provide information, instruction, training and supervision, to ensure the health safety and welfare of employees.
  • Maintain the place of work in a safe condition and without risk to health, and to ensure that means of access and egress to and from a place of work are provided and maintained in a safe condition.
  • Provide and maintain a safe and healthy environment and provide adequate welfare facilities

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 .

Management of Health and safety at work regulations 1999

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.

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