Health and safety

Fire safety

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order consolidates all previous fire safety legislation. It requires employers to carry out fire risk assessments to examine and control the likelihood of a fire starting, and the consequences of a fire if one were to start.

Approved Codes of Practice

Regulations made under health and safety legislation are sometimes supplemented by Codes of Practice approved and/or issued by the Health and Safety Commission.

HSE guidance

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.

Health and safety legislation

Two of the most important pieces of health and safety legislation are the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Civil law

It is possible to claim compensation for ill health or injury at work by instituting legal proceedings for personal injury under civil law, which essentially deals with problems between individuals.

Enforcement

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) enforces health and safety law in most schools and colleges. In some areas, this responsibility may fall to the local environmental health department.

First aid

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 place a duty on employers to provide adequate first aid to staff that are injured or become ill at work.