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The Health and Safety at Work etc. The Act defines general duties on employers , employees , contractors , suppliers of goods and substances for use at work, persons in control of work premises, and those who manage and maintain them, and persons in general. The Act enables a broad regime of regulation by government ministers through Statutory Instrument which has, in the years since , generated an extensive system of specific provisions for various industries, disciplines and risks. It established a system of public supervision through the creation of the Health and Safety Commission and Health and Safety Executive , since merged, and bestows extensive enforcement powers, ultimately backed by criminal sanctions extending to unlimited fines and imprisonment for up to two years.
This quick reference guide summarises the key components of HSWA including the roles and responsibilities of PCBUs, officers, workers and others in managing workplace health and safety risks. It gives examples to explain certain concepts and directs readers to where they can find guidance on how to meet regulatory requirements. As this guide will be updated regularly, please check the WorkSafe website for the latest version. All work and workplaces are covered by HSWA unless specifically excluded. Designated agencies are government agencies other than WorkSafe designated to carry out health and safety functions for certain sectors.
Safety at Work etc. The truth of it is that the Health and Safety at Work etc Act was an enactment that consolidated a lot of existing and rather piecemeal legislation. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act is the primary piece of legislation governing workplace health and safety in Great Britain. Act to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of its employees and to protect others who may be affected by its activities. Revised legislation carried on this site may not be fully up to date.
All pages of the Act can be found here. Prior to the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act, the UK had no comprehensive legislation that dealt with workplace health and safety. Instead, there was lots of disconnected and unsystematic pieces of sector-specific legislation, with separate laws for factories, offices, shops, mines, construction and railways. These regulations were prescriptive and did not cover technological developments or provide legal protection for the public. A number of incidents exposed the dangers of a lack of fundamental health and safety protection for workers.
It lays down broad principles for managing health and safety in all workplaces with the exception of servants in domestic premises and many government bodies, which cannot be prosecuted under the Act. These Government bodies can be subject to Crown Censure proceedings. HSWA is an enabling Act , which means it is the legal facility under which other health and safety regulations, eg the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations , are made. As this topic describes, HSWA is part of statute law and breaches can result in prosecutions, which means offences are punishable in the courts, and fines and prison sentences can be imposed. The Health and Safety at Work, etc Act HSWA is an enabling statute which provides the broad framework for workplace health and safety duties, administration and enforcement within the UK.
The Isle of Man has adopted health and safety legislation that differs from that in use in the UK. Whilst there is a great deal of similarity in the primary Act, The Health and Safety at Work etc Act as applied to the Island by Order, many of the regulations have been drafted locally. Others are amended versions of legislation that applies in the UK.
This page is about health and safety - not 'elf 'n' safety' - as it has become known in the tabloid press in the UK.
Compilation No. About this compilation. This is a compilation of the Work Health and Safety Act that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 20 September the compilation date. The notes at the end of this compilation the endnotes include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law. Uncommenced amendments. The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register www.
In summary, the Health and Safety at Work Act outlines the legal duties that employers have to protect the health, safety and welfare at work of all of their employees. This also extends to other people visiting the workplace premises such as temporary workers, casual workers, self-employed workers, clients, visitors and the general public. The Act provides the framework that allows the government to issue health and safety-related regulations, guidance to employers, and Approved Codes of Practice. These all set out in more detail the specific responsibilities pertaining to employers in different areas concerning health and safety, for example, working with hazardous chemicals, or working with display screens. The HSE also enforces the penalties which can be given should employers not meet their responsibilities. The Health and Safety at Work Act covers a huge amount and many different facets.
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Health and Safety at Work etc. Act PART I. (1) It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his. General duties undertaking in such.