The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has estimated that work-related accidents and ill health cost employers around £3 billion per year and that over two million people suffer from illnesses that they attribute to their work. These figures mean not only increased costs for employers due to days lost but also personal suffering, family hardship and costs to individuals.

The Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 places general duties on employers, employees, contractors, suppliers of goods and substances for use at work, persons in control of work premises, and those who manage and maintain them to secure the health, safety and welfare of persons at work.

This topic contains information on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 as well as fire safety and common risks and duties.

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