A Business Wondering What your H&S Legal Obligations Are?
Every business, from the self employed to the larger corporations, has to comply with;
The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974), which is to provide a safe working environment and to train staff sufficiently for their job roles.
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations (1999), which is to risk access the workplace, put in control measures to reduce the risk of injury. Employ competent staff, and ensure each worker is trained sufficiently for their roles.
There are also many more specific regulations that applies to specific roles or tasks, that might affect you, such as: Manual Handling, CoSHH, Working at Heights etc. Click here for full details on your legal requirements regarding Health & Safety .
Not all Health & Safety has to be negative!
Training shouldn’t be seen as an expense, it should be seen as an investment. The right training offers significant benefits including:
- reduced costs;
- reduced risks;
- lower employee absence and turnover rates;
- fewer accidents;
- lessened threat of legal action;
- improved standing among suppliers and partners;
- better reputation for corporate responsibility among investors, customers and communities;
- increased productivity, because employees are healthier, happier and better motivated.