Draft Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (General Duties of Self-Employed Persons) (Prescribed Undertakings) Regulations 2015
These draft regulations have been published and are due to come into force on 1 October 2015. These Regulations specify the circumstances in which self-employed persons will be required to comply with their duty under s 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 ('the 1974 Act) to conduct their undertakings in such a way as to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that they themselves and other persons (not being their employees) who may be affected by their work activities are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. Every self-employed person continues to hold a duty in respect of their employees under s 2 of the 1974 Act.
The above duty of care applies to self-employed persons who carry out work of a prescribed description, which includes work with or on:
genetically modified organisms;
as well as any other work that may pose a risk to the health and safety of anyone other than the self-employed person.