Before 1974, when the Health and Safety at Work Act came into play, legislation regarding the safety of workers was quite disorganised – leaving many workers to suffer. Therefore, this Act was a way to bring together the bits and pieces of legislation, and set out a clear set of guidelines for employers to follow.
The Act requires employees to practically ensure the health and safety of all employees (and anyone affected by their work). This means levels of risk need to be balanced against the measures needed to control them (e.g. money, time and trouble).
The Health and Safety at Work Act includes some of the following points:
What employers owe employees –
- A safe working environment
- Safe equipment
- Relevant training and supervision
- Maintenance of all workplace safety measures
What employees owe employers –
- An effort to keep themselves and others safe
- Cooperation with health and safety rules
- Do not interfere with anything provided in the interest of health and safety
This is a very simple version of the Act, and there are plenty more (quite complex) rules involved – some of which only apply to certain businesses or industries.
There are also additions to the Health and Safety at Work Act, including the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999), which added duties for employers to assess risks (including slips and trip risks) and take action where necessary.
For a more in depth look at the act, you can find it here.
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