Human Resources

Health and Safety


Legislation

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The HASAW or HSW, is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom. The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for enforcing the Act and a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments relevant to the working environment.

Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. It applies to any person or organisation responsible for business premises, part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes, or accommodation for paying guests. Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessments on all buildings

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

These Regulations require an employer to implement preventive and protective measures on the basis of general principles of prevention set out in EU legislation. There is also regulation requiring that a competent person in the employer's employment shall be appointed for the purpose of assisting him in undertaking the measures he needs to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed upon him by or under statutory provisions (not one who is not in his employment as in previous legislation). 

Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002

Dangerous substances can put peoples' safety at risk from fire and explosion. DSEAR puts duties on employers and the self-employed to protect people from risks to their safety from fires, explosions and similar events in the workplace, this includes members of the public who may be put at risk by work activity.

Please see the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) page for substances covered by the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002 which are flammable, explosive and oxidising.