During the late1980’s and early 1990’s requirements for Health and Safety Regulations started to be introduced from Europe to assist in the control of Health and Safety in business and industry in the UK.

The Health and Safety @ Work Act 1974 (H&S@WA) requires organisations to manage their work activity safely and in particular to ensure the safety of staff and “others” affected by the work. Unfortunately the H&S@WA does not specify which hazards to control or how to control them.

The directives from Europe recognised this and it became a requirement in the UK to develop a series of Health and Safety Regulations to control specific hazards. The directives also required guidance to be given on how to control the hazard.

Thus we now have Regulations for many hazards such as working at height, Control of substances (COSHH), accident reporting (RIDDOR), electrical safety, confined spaces etc, etc. These regulations are law and must be complied with. Any beach of the Regulations is a crime (criminal law) and the guilty party would receive a criminal record on conviction.

The Regulations are normally accompanied by guidance on compliance; basically how to ensure the hazard is control safely, this is called an approved code of practice (ACoP). If work is carried out in compliance with the ACoP this is legally deemed to be compliant with the Regulations.

As a result of the introduction of such Regulations control of workplace Health and Safety is in principle straight forward as there are now Regulations for most significant workplace hazards. It is a matter of identifying all significant hazards present in the work place and developing procedures based on the recommendations in the accompanying ACoP.

IHS develop such procedures for you including help with implementation and training to ensure compliance with the Regulations.





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