The purpose of health and safety law is to ensure a safe working environment for employees. In practice, this requires employers to meet health and safety obligations, predominantly covered in the UK by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA).

This factsheet looks at HSWA and associated legislation, examining employers’ health and safety obligations, which include, amongst others, the publication of a health and safety policy, the appointment of health and safety representatives, and the provision of safety training. The factsheet offers guidance on writing a health and safety policy and employers' duties at the place of work, including risk assessments to identify and remedy any situations which could cause harm to people. The factsheet concludes by looking at the reporting of accidents and diseases at work.

CIPD viewpoint

What is health and safety at work?

The UK law on health and safety at work

UK employers’ health and safety obligations

References

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