Reasons for Managing Health and Safety

There are a number of reasons why it is important to manage health and safety successfully. These reasons include the:

  • legal

  • moral

  • financial

  • organisational.

Legal Reasons

Numerous legal requirements place duties on employers to manage health and safety and to protect their employees as well as any others who might be affected. The relevant legislation includes the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Failure to comply with these requirements can lead to prosecution, resulting in fines and sometimes imprisonment.

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