Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

This Act is the basis of British health and safety law. It sets out the general duties which employers have “as far as reasonably practicable” towards employees and members of the public, and employees have towards themselves and to each other.The employer’s duties are:

  1. To ensure the health & safety of employees and others affected
  2. Provision and maintenance of safe plant and systems of work
  3. Ensure employees are competent

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Regulations made under the Act are:

  1. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  2. Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR)
  3. Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
  4. and others e.g. CDM 2007, PUWER 1998

Some other legislation includes:

  1. RIDDOR - Duty to report accidents, incidents, Dangerous Occurrences
  2. Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act 2007

The above legislation is supported by Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) and published Guidance.