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Published by Safety Net Team

December 20, 2022

Health and safety is a legal requirement for all businesses. No matter how large or small it might be the need to control the risks are of paramount importance in the prevention of accident and ill health. the key is to be proactive with a solid foundation of policies and procedures to monitor the companies Health and safety.

Employers’ Duties
Employers have both direct and indirect legal responsibilities and these are set out as follows.
• Under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974, employers have a general duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees at work. This means taking a proactive approach to managing occupational health and safety, of which auditing should be a part.
• Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers have a duty to give effect to such arrangements as are appropriate for the effective monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures that have been implemented. Proactive measures should be taken for the periodic monitoring and review of the health and safety management system employed. This implies the need to perform audits and record the outcome.
Employees’ Duties
• Under s.7 of the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974, employees have a duty to co-operate with their employer to enable the employer to comply with health and safety duties. This would include co-operating with those undertaking a safety inspection of their workplace or an audit of occupational health and safety for their organisation.
• Under regulation 14 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employees have a duty to report any situation which could present a serious and imminent danger to employees, which implicitly requires them to monitor the standard of their workplace.

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