Health and Safety

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999)

Employers should make formal arrangements for maintaining and improving safe working conditions and practices. This includes competency training and risk assessments.

 

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (1995)

Employers should report any such cases to the HSE Incident Contact Centre. This includes loss of sight, amputation, fracture and electric shock. In all cases where a personal injury of any type occurs, it should be recorded in an accident book.

 

Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (1981)

Whatever the size of your business, you should always make sure you have a First Aid kit on site, as well as an eyewash bottle. You should ensure this is always fully stocked. You should have at least one ‘Appointed Person’ on hand to take charge in an emergency who holds a HSE-approved basic first aid qualification. You can contact the HSE on 0845 345 0055 for a list of suitable training providers.

 

Manual Handling Operations Regulations (1992)

This is relevant wherever manual lifting occurs to prevent skeletal and muscular disorders. The employer should undertake a risk assessment for all activities involving manual lifting.

 

Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations (1992)

This covers the use of display screens and computer screens. This specifies the acceptable levels of radiation emissions from the screen, as well as identifying the correct posture and the number of rest periods.

 

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1998)

This states the duties for any users of equipment. It identifies the requirements in selecting and maintaining suitable equipment, as well as the training and safe use of it.

 

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) At Work Regulations (2002)

This requires employers to identify activities which require special protective clothing, which must then be made available.

 

Cosmetic Products (Safety) Regulations (2008)

 These regulations require that cosmetics and toiletries be safe for their intended purpose and comply with labelling requirements.

 

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (2005)

All premises must have adequate means of dealing with a fire and all members of staff should know where these are. This can include fire extinguishers and blankets; however, you should only operate a fire extinguisher if you have been professionally trained to do so. All equipment should be checked and maintained regularly. Fire Drill notices should be clearly displayed and should inform people of what to do in case of a fire. All staff should be trained in the location of alarms, exits and meeting points.