Top 5 Workplace Safety Regulations Every Business Must Know

Ensuring workplace safety is critical for every organisation, not just to meet legal requirements, but also to provide productive and secure conditions for all employees. Here are the top five workplace safety requirements that every UK business must follow.

1. Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

This basic act mandates employers to offer a safe working environment that is free of potential risks to the highest degree possible. Regular risk assessments and suitable safety measures should be implemented to safeguard both staff and visitors.

2. Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

These regulations reinforce the need for thorough risk assessments, demanding that employers systematically evaluate workplace risks to health and safety. Effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review mechanisms must be implemented to mitigate identified risks.

3. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

This regulation focuses on the physical aspects of the workplace environment. It covers a wide range of basic health, safety, and welfare issues such as ventilation, lighting, temperature, seating, and the cleanliness of the premises.

4. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

PUWER ensures that all equipment provided for use at work, including machinery, is safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected regularly. It also stipulates that all equipment must be used only by individuals who have received adequate training.

5. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

COSHH requires employers to control substances that could be hazardous to health, such as chemicals and toxic agents. Businesses must assess the risks of hazardous substances and implement control measures to prevent or reduce exposure.

Businesses who follow these requirements not only comply with UK legislation, but also promote a safe and efficient working environment. Contact us for further information and assistance.

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