The Health and Safety at Work Act
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering work-related health and safety in the United Kingdom. It sets out a lot of your employer’s responsibilities for your health and safety at work.
The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for enforcing health and safety at work.
Your employer has a ‘duty of care’ to look after, as far as possible, your health, safety and welfare while you are at work. They should start with a risk assessment to spot possible health and safety hazards.
They have to appoint a ‘competent person’ with health and safety responsibilities. This is usually one of the owners in smaller firms, or a member of staff trained in health and safety in larger businesses.
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