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"The manual is a must for any employer that needs clear practical advice on managing health and safety in the workplace"Ed Friend, Health and Safety Consultant
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 section on ‘Lone working/Violence’ has been updated to include advice on securing the safety of those who travel on business.
Dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres
The information in Chapter F1 relating to dealing with dangerous substances and explosive atmospheres has been updated.
Fee for Intervention
Due to a recent court case, the HSE will be changing the way disputes are handled with respect to its ‘Fee for Intervention’. This is now incorporated into Chapter 1.
Chapter A1 on ‘Accidents and First Aid’ has been updated to take account of the changes to insurance disclosures brought about by the Insurance Act 2015.
The latest health and safety statistics have been provided.
The section on ‘Lone working/Violence’ has been updated to include further advice on lone worker safety.
Further guidance has been provided on the risks on lateral instability associated with telescopic materials handlers.
Personal protective equipment
The information in Chapter P1 relating to the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been updated.
The Factfile section on ‘Smoking’ has been updated to take account of the use of e-cigarettes and ‘vaping’ in the workplace.
The reference sections have been updated to include latest guidance.
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