An Introduction to Health and Safety Regulations

  • Price: £3.60
  • Published: August 2016
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
  • Format: PDF

Every employer must comply with health and safety regulations intended to protect people such as employees, customers or members of the public. Employers also have obligations under health and safety law to protect young people doing work experience, mobile workers, home workers and agency workers.

Under Section 1 of the Deregulation Act 2015, the Government amended Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which placed a general duty on the self-employed to protect themselves and others from risk to their health and safety. Self-employed people whose work activities pose no potential risk of causing harm to others are now exempt from health and safety law.

This factsheet explains the main steps that must be taken to ensure that an employer complies with health and safety regulations. Northern Ireland has separate legislation concerning health and safety, although the rules are very similar to those in England, Scotland and Wales. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE, www.hse.gov.uk) monitors and enforces the regulations in England, Scotland and Wales, and the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI, www.hseni.gov.uk) monitors the regulations in Northern Ireland.

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