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What is Health and Safety?

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What is Health and Safety?

Health and Safety is a term that generally covers the legal requirements that fall under the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974. The term Health and Safety is generally used to describe Occupational Health and Safety, and relates to the prevention of accidents and ill health to employees and those who may be affected by their work.

The standard dictionary definition for Health and Safety is:

‘regulations and procedures intended to prevent accident or injury in workplaces or public environments.’

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is a piece of statutory legislation that came into being following the Robens Report*. It is from this piece of legislation that the term came into more popular use. Prior to the Health and Safety at Work Act, which is 40 years old in 2014, occupational safety was covered under the Factories Act 1961 and the Office, Shops and Railways Premises Act 1963. These pieces of legislation have been largely replaced and repealed over time by the HASAW and subsequent legislation.

Employers and employees both have responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and other pieces of Health and Safety legislation that that have been made under it.

If you would like further information on Health and Safety and your responsibilities under Health and Safety law, please contact us to discuss with one of our qualified and registered Health and Safety Consultants and we will be happy to help.

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