The Health and Safety at Work act 1974 (HSW Act) requires the business owner to carry out actions that are reasonable and practicable to protect the workforce.
The Act covers not only those who work full time but also part timers, casual workers, and external contractors. It also includes those who may use your business premises or equipment, which may include visitors and delivery drivers.
Six sets of regulations came into force in 1992 (some of them have since been updated and are also subject to more recent amendments). They are often referred to as the ‘Six-pack’ of health and safety and are as follows:
· The Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1999 · The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations) 1992
· The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
· The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 · The Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 (DSE)
· The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE)
There are ‘other additional regulations’ to be aware of and as an employer, it is important to know the contents of the regulations so that you are always aware of YOUR obligations and duties as an employer.
To find out more about the 'six-pack' of health and safety, or to discuss how we can assist your business to implement a health and saftety management system which meets the requirements of ISO 45001, please contact us.