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The employer has to comply not only with the general duties contained within the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 but also with numerous relevant statutory provisions.
The general duties placed on employers by the 1974 Act are to:
ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees;
provide equipment etc free of charge;
provide a written health and safety policy statement;
set up safety committees (in prescribed circumstances);
ensure the health and safety of others affected by work activities.
Health, safety and welfare of employees
A general duty under s 2(1) of the 1974 Act is placed on an employer to ensure ‘so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees'.
Particular duties are then stated in s 2(2)(a)–(e), which supplement but do not replace the overriding duty of care. These duties are to:
provide and maintain plant and systems of work that are safe and without risks to health;
ensure that articles and substances are used, handled, stored and transported in a safe fashion;
ensure that such information, instruction, training and supervision are provided to ensure the health and safety of employees;
ensure that any place of work under the employer's control is maintained in a safe condition;
ensure that all means of access and egress are maintained and that they are safe and without risks to health;
ensure that a working environment is provided and maintained that is safe and without risks to health;
ensure that adequate facilities and welfare arrangements are provided for employees.
These general duties are wide ranging and ensure that the employer has a duty of care for employees whatever their work location....
What’s New in This Update?
The information in Chapter F1 relating to dealing with dangerous substances has been revised and updated.
Following the introduction of the Control of Electromagnetic Fields at Work Regulations 2016 a new section ‘Electromagnetic fields’ has been added to the Factfile.
These have been updated in line with changes to relevant guidance.
The risk assessment section has been updated in respect of hazards to expectant and new mothers.
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