Dealing with health and safety incidents—regulatory requirements
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Dealing with health and safety incidents—regulatory requirements

The following Practice Management guidance note Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dealing with health and safety incidents—regulatory requirements
  • Procedures
  • Employee responsibilities
  • Reporting health and safety incidents
  • What to report
  • When to report
  • How to report
  • Record keeping
  • Health and safety and data protection
  • Responsibility for compliance
  • more

This Practice Note covers regulatory requirements relating to health and safety incidents including requirements relating to the reporting of injuries, diseases and other dangerous occurrences.

For practical information about investigating, handling and reporting health and safety incidents, see Practice Note: Dealing with health and safety incidents.

Procedures

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, SI 1999/3242 require organisations with employees to:

  1. establish and, where necessary, give effect to appropriate procedures which are to be followed in the event of serious and imminent danger to persons in the workplace

  2. nominate a sufficient number of competent persons to implement any evacuation procedures

  3. ensure that no employees have access to any area in the workplace to which it is considered necessary to restrict access on grounds of health and safety, unless the employee concerned has received adequate health and safety instruction

Clear and relevant information on the above procedures and the details of all nominated persons must be provided to all employees.

Organisations must also ensure that they arrange any necessary contacts with external services, particularly in relation to first aid, emergency medical care and rescue work.

Employee responsibilities

Employees of an organisation have responsibilities to raise health and safety concerns. In particular, employees are obliged to inform their employer or the nominated individuals in the organisation with specific responsibility for health

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