HSE guidance

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Health and safety
02 November 2016
The Health and Safety Executive produces guidance on a number of health and safety issues, which will often be a great help to those with responsibility for health and safety, especially safety reps.

The main purpose of such guidance is to:

  • interpret the law and help people understand what the law requires
  • help people comply with the law
  • give technical advice.

It is not compulsory to follow guidance, and employers are free to take alternative action. However, if they do follow guidance, this is usually enough to comply with the law.

Lists of all HSE guidance can be found on the HSE website.

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