Health and safety assessment and planning—regulatory requirements
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Health and safety assessment and planning—regulatory requirements

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

  • Health and safety assessment and planning—regulatory requirements
  • What are health and safety assessments and plans?
  • Legislative requirements
  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, SI 1999/3242
  • The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996, SI 1996/1513
  • Companies Act 2006
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Other requirements
  • Lexcel
  • More...

Health and safety assessment and planning—regulatory requirements

This Practice Note covers regulatory requirements relating to health and safety and in particular, the requirements for health and safety assessment and planning. It covers health and safety requirements in an office-based workplace. Other industry/workplace-specific requirements may apply in different working environments.

For information about conducting a health and safety assessment and formulating a plan, see Practice Notes: Conducting a health and safety risk assessment and Formulating a health and safety plan.

For information on assessing the risks associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in an office-based workplace, see subtopic: Pandemic management, and in particular Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—safe working in an office environment and Precedent: Coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace risk assessment and plan—offices.

What are health and safety assessments and plans?

A health and safety assessment is a process by which an organisation establishes its health and safety risks and the measures taken to mitigate, transfer, avoid or reduce those risks. The assessment may be documented.

A health and safety plan is a document which sets outs the means by which an organisation will implement its health and safety principles, ie the actual processes and procedures that have been or are to be put in place.

Legislative requirements

The table below sets out key health and safety legislation applicable to different sizes and types of business.

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