The Health and Safety at Work Acts imposes a general duty on employers, self-employed, employees, suppliers and owners of premises to ensure that their workplaces are safe and offer no risk to health.
Health & Safety Law – Health and safety legislation places a number of duties on organisations, managers and employees alike. Failure to carry out these duties can result in fines and, in extreme cases, imprisonment.
Employers & Employees Duties – Making your workplace safe and without risks to health, so far is as reasonably practicable. The basic principle is that every employee must take reasonable care for the safety of themselves and of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.
Risks & Hazards – A hazard is something in the workplace that has the potential to cause harm, damage or injury. Risk is the likelihood or severity of this happening.
Safety Signs – One area of importance with regards safety is the use of safety signs. There are several types of safety signs that you will encounter.
Accident Investigation – ‘An accident at work is an unplanned happening or event, with a specific cause or causes, which arises out of or in connection with work and leads to injury’
- Identify the key responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act
- Recognise the employees and employers responsibilities
- Identify what is a hazard and how to control the risks while at work
- State the health and safety control measures within your work place
- Recognize the accident reporting process within your workplace