A Health and Safety Compliance Checklist
- Price: £3.60
- Published: March 2016
- Type: Business Information Factsheet
- Format: PDF
All employers in the UK are legally obliged to consider the health and safety of their employees, and anyone else affected by their work activities. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 stipulates that employers must:
- Identify risks at work and any possible precautions against those risks.
- Identify the person responsible for implementing the precautions.
- Provide a means of carrying out their health and safety policy and establish a procedure for reporting accidents.
- Identify relevant legal standards that apply in each part of the workplace.
- Have a written statement of general policy (if they have five or more employees) with respect to health and safety at work.
Since the introduction of the Act, various regulations have been introduced to address specific areas of workplace health and safety in more detail.
Under Section 1 of the Deregulation Act 2015, the Government amended Section 3(2) of the Act which imposed a general duty on the self-employed to protect themselves and others from risk to their health and safety. Under the amendment, self-employed people whose work activities pose no potential risk of causing harm to others are now exempt from health and safety law.
Self-employed people who carry out a business activity which may pose a risk to the health and safety of other persons, or is of a 'prescribed description' such as agriculture, construction, quarrying, mining, offshore work or high-risk chemical sites, must still protect themselves and others from risks to their health and safety.
This checklist covers the main aspects of health and safety law to help ensure that employers comply with all the relevant legislation.