The Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 (HSWA) is the main framework of health and safety legislation. It is an “umbrella Act” under which there are numerous regulations for specific matters. These matters expand and clarify the Act’s general duties. The general duties are placed on all people at work.

The employer has duties to their own employees, and to outside contractors and members of the public who may be affected by their work activities.

The self-employed must carry on their business in such a way as to ensure that they do not risk their own health and safety. They have responsibilities towards other people.

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