Health and Safety Legislation

According to the Health and Safety at work act, if your business employs 5 or more employees, by law you must have:

  • A written health and policy statement
  • Adequate first aid facilities
  • Make the workplace safe and without risk to health
  • Keep dust fumes and noise under control
  • Ensure machinery in use is safe
  • Control dangerous substances
  • Provide adequate welfare facilities
  • Carry out Health and safety training and provide supervision as necessary
  • Written risk assessments
  • We can help you implement the necessary policies to meet the legal requirements
  • Fire Safety Assessments

The following statutory acts and regulations, as necessary, should form part of a Company Health and Safety policy.

 

  • Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • The Factories Act 1961
  • The Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963
  • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2007
  • Regulatory reform Order (Fire Precautions) Regulations 2005.
  • Gas safety (Management) Regulations 1996
  • Safety in the Use of Abrasive Wheels 2000
  • Storage of Highly Flammable Liquids in Containers 1998.
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995/2013
  • Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999
  • Control of Lead at Work Regulations 1998
  • Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996
  • Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977
  • Asbestos (Licensing) Regulations 1983/98
  • Control of Noise at work Regulations 2005
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005
  • Workplace (Health and Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Provision of Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE)
  • Health and safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981/2013
  • Control of Pollution Act
  • Environmental Protection Act
  • Hazardous Waste (England & Wales Regulations) 2005
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005
  • Workplace Exposure Limits EH40/2005 with revisions

 

There are other acts, regulations, statutes, etc. and or revision or amendment thereto, HSE guidance notes and codes of practice applicable to the operation of a Company.

N.B. This is not deemed to be an exhaustive list but includes the main regulations.

E & OE

If you are considering building an extension or new premises do you know the requirements placed upon you? Read on.

 

CONSTRUCTION (DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT) REGULATIONS 2007

A guide for clients.

The recently amended Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM) allocates more responsibility for a number of key legal requirements on the client for many commercial and industrial construction projects.

Starting from the concept and feasibility stages and continuing through Design into the construction phase, Clients responsibilities now include:

  • Determining if the project envisaged falls within the CDM regulations.
  • Appointing a CDM Coordinator.
  • Ensuring all Professionals employed on the project are competent.
  • Providing Safety Health and Welfare information to all concerned with the project.
  • Monitoring the Principal Contractor and ensure that Construction Works do not begin until The Health and Safety Plan is prepared.
  • Ensuring that all contractors are competent and have made adequate provision for Health and Safety in their works.
  • Complying with Health and Safety legislation and the project Health and Safety Plan.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) must now usually be notified when such projects commence.

CDM Regulations apply to:

  • New Build Construction.
  • Alteration, maintenance, and renovation of a structure.
  • Site clearance.
  • Demolition and dismantling of a structure.
  • Temporary Works

And to all projects except those:

  • for the maintenance or removal of asbestos insulation on pipes, boilers, or other parts of heating or water systems.
  • when the project duration is 30 days or less  and contains less than 500 man days work. (N.B. A day is any day that activity takes place and includes supervision)
  • And in some instances when working for domestic clients (i.e. someone who lives, or will live in the premises where the work is being done). In this instance there is still a duty to notify HSE, the designer must still comply with his duties.

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