As an employer you are obliged to meet the minimum legal requirements contained within the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
The Act states:
'It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his/her employees.'
You should make sure you fully understand these requirements to make sure you are not in breach of the Act.
Generally you should make sure you are doing the following to ensure the safety of your employees, customers and anyone who may visit your premises:
- Decide what could harm an employee in their job and put in place precautions to stop it
- Explain to all staff the risks present, how they will be controlled and make sure everyone understands their responsibilities
- Consult and work with your staff to ensure everyone is adequately protected within the workplace
- Ensure all staff have health and safety training free of charge
- Ensure all staff are provided with the correct equipment and clothing to mitigate risk
- Provide toilets, washing facilities and drinking water
- In the event of an accident ensure that adequate first-aid facilities are available
- Have insurance that covers your business in the event of an accident
- Display a hard copy or electronic copy of the current insurance certificate where all staff can read it
- Work with any other employers or contractors sharing the workplace or providing employees (such as agency workers), so that everyone's health and safety is protected.
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