Health and safety in the workplace—regulatory requirements
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Health and safety in the workplace—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 in the workplace—regulatory requirements
  • Legislative requirements
  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
  • Employers' Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969
  • Enforcement

Health and safety in the workplace—regulatory requirements

This Practice Note covers regulatory requirements relating to health and safety in the workplace including requirements relating to the provision of safe workplace equipment and manual handling. The regulatory requirements originate from a number of sources. See our Health and safety—key legislation table for a summary. This Practice Note covers health and safety requirements in an office-based workplace. Other industry/workplace-specific requirements may apply in different working environments.

For information about the regulatory requirements relating to visual display screen equipment, please refer to the Practice Note: Display screen equipment—regulatory requirements.

For practical information about managing and ensuring health and safety in the workplace, please see our Practice Note: Managing health and safety in the workplace.

For specific manual handling requirements, see subtopic: Manual handling.

Legislative requirements

Various pieces of legislation exist in relation to health and safety in the workplace.

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

HSWA 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety.

In summary, as an employer, an organisation has a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of its employees at work and others who may be affected by what it does or does not do.

In particular, an organisation’s duty extends, so far as is reasonably practicable, to:

  1. ensuring the provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that

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