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Conducting A Health And Safety Audit

Employers' health and safety obligations and tips on carrying out a health and safety audit
Last Modified on: 2004/09/07 12:33
Last Reviewed on: 2009/09/18 16:11

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Employers' health and safety obligations

The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) places a duty of care on the employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees while they are at work. This also extends to others such as contractors, visitors and the general public who may be affected by the employers operations. The requirements on employers include:

  • Provision and maintenance of a safe workplace, and safe means of access and exit
  • Provision and maintenance of safe equipment and a safe system of work
  • Provision of adequate instruction, training, supervision and information
  • Safe arrangements for storage, transport, handling and use of articles and substances
  • Provision for the appointment of safety representatives and, where requested, a safety committee
  • Provision of a written safety policy (where there are five or more employees)

Furthermore the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999) place additional obligations on employers to implement adequate policies and procedures to ensure that risks to employees and others are minimised. These regulations require employers to:

  • Where necessary have proper emergency procedures in place and adequately displayed
  • Provide health surveillance where there are potential risks to employees' health (for example ,night worker assessments), and ...


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