Health & Safety in the Workplace

Good practice in health and safety makes sound business sense and it’s the law.  Whatever industry you are in, as an employer or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety in your business.

Good practice in health and safety makes sound business sense. You can:

Several thousand construction workers are injured each year following a trip or slip whilst at work on a building site. Around 1000 of these injuries involve someone fracturing bones or dislocating joints.

Most could be avoided by the effective management of working areas and access routes, such as stairwells, corridors, footpaths and site cabins.

With regard to trailing cables, the HSE has the following advice:
‘If you can use cordless tools you may not need to use cables. Where you need cables for temporary lighting or mains-powered tools, run them at high level, especially along corridors.’
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Summary of legislation governing Health & Safety in the workplace

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA)
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable, which means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the risk in terms of money, time or trouble. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks.
 
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Regulation 3)
Build on the HSWA and include duties on employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and take action where necessary.
 

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (Regulation 12)

Require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.
 

 

 
 
         
 

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