Health and safety procedures are put in place to prevent staff from being harmed or becoming ill due to work.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom.
Health and safety procedures are enforced by the government.
All businesses are required by law to:
• Display a health and safety poster.
• Carry out a risk assessment to identify workplace risks, and then put sensible measures in place to control them. Potential risks include trip hazards, asbestos and so on.
Businesses are also responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their customers.
Employers have duties under health and safety law to assess risks in the workplace. Risk assessments should be carried out that address all risks that might cause harm in your workplace. This means making sure that workers and others are protected from anything that may cause harm, effectively controlling any risks to injury or health that could arise in the workplace.
Health and Safety help businesses to be free of pressure and employees to be happy in a safe working environment.