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Health and safety

Still from sitcom 'The Brittas Empire'. Brittas emerges covered in soot from the wreckage of Whitby New Town Leisure Centre.

Staff should be protected from harm

Health and safety procedures are put in place to prevent staff from being harmed or becoming ill due to work.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in the United Kingdom.

It is possible to download a copy of the Heath and Safety at Work Act from the website www.hse.gov.uk.

Still from the sitcom 'The Brittas Empire'. Gordon Brittas wields a chainsaw in the corridor of the leisure centre. Two of his members of staff look on.

Health and safety procedures need to be in place when using dangerous equipment at work

Health and safety procedures are enforced by the government.

All businesses are required by law to:

  • Display a health and safety poster.
  • Carry out a risk assessment to identify workplace risks, and then put sensible measures in place to control them. Potential risks include trip hazards and asbestos. The extra paper work increases the total costs of the business.

Businesses are also responsible for ensuring the health and safety of their customers.

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