Reviewed 26 January 2024
30th September 2019
Management of health and safety will depend in every instance on the specific work, industry, workplace and individual workers concerned. Employers’ Duties
The HSE has published Leading Health and Safety at Work: Actions for Directors, Board Members, Business Owners and Organisations of All Sizes, which highlights the need for visible, active commitment from the top. Employers’ Duties
Key health and safety legislation that all organisations and duty holders must comply with include:
Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Employers are required to assess the risks to employees and others arising from work activities under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and under many industry-specific regulations.
Employers with five or more employees are required to prepare a written statement of their health and safety policy under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974. Health and Safety Policy
There must be a system in place for the reporting, measuring and monitoring of safety performance. Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation
Regular auditing of health and safety systems can identify whether they have deteriorated or become obsolete. Methods of Auditing
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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.