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Can you manage to be safe?

An easy to scan-read summary of UK / EU managing safely legal duties

I think that in our news blogs, we have never before just simply discussed what any particular law requires of us - section by section. That is mainly because we do not want to bore the reader. It does not make for interesting reading.  And for that reason, this is not normally regarded as a good way to market the legally required duties and goals contained within. 

Laws and duties generally rely on the principle that it is the responsibility of employers to make sure that they and their staff are properly aware of what is needed and then implementing what is required. It is normally a self policing system and unless something goes wrong, no-one will be knocking the the door to remind you. 

But sometimes though, I believe that the reality just needs to be stated. There is an awful lot to consider. The penalties for failing to comply are massive. Loss of life, harm to life. Loss of clients and reputations. Between incidents and court days, budgets and time to make improvements are miraculously found. But together we can do better than that. Part of what we do is to provide specialist training for managers and supervisors . Our training gently, interestingly and progressively takes our candidates through this law and others to help enable them to manage their personal and company responsibilities. 

In this blog we pick out one piece of legislation and we summarise very briefly what the key requirements are. 

This is the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, made in 1999. The requirement for this law originates via Europe, to standardise what is needed throughout all of the member countries of the EU. In summary, it is the law requiring policies, risk assessments and safe systems of work.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regs 1999

Here are the main topics covered:

Regulation 3 Risk assessment (assess risks and significant risks to be recorded)

Regulation 4 Implementation of protective or preventive measures (controlling risks using below hierarchy):

  1. Avoid risk
  2. Evaluate risk
  3. Combat risk at source
  4. Adapt the work of an individual
  5. Adapt to technical advances
  6. Replace dangerous with non/less dangerous
  7. Develop policy which influences the factors relating to working environment
  8. Give collective measures priority
  9. Give appropriate instructions to employees

Regulation 5 Make proper arrangements for all aspects of H&S

Regulation 6 Health surveillance (where appropriate)

Regulation 7 Appointment of competent persons (having the right people with suitable learning and experience)

Regulation 8 Procedures to be developed for particular dangers which may arise (ie: fire + other emergencies)

Regulation 9 Provide suitable information for employees 

Regulation 10 Information to be provided to employees for:·

  1. Identified risks
  2. Preventive/protective measures
  3. Procedures and name of nominated responsible person as required under fire safety legislation

Regulation 11 Where more than one employer, they must co-operate over H&S matter

Regulation 12 Working on other peoples premises – must provide them with info and details of risks etc.

Regulation 13 Employers to take into account employees capabilities

Regulation 14 Employees responsibilities to use tools and equipment etc safely

Regulation 16-18 Special arrangements for new & expectant mothers

Regulation 19 Special arrangements for young persons

More information

If you need to know more details, just look up the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. You will find lots of guidance notes and even the legislation itself. 

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