Local Councils and the Health and Safety Executive enforce the law concerning Health and Safety at Work. Responsibilities are set through the Enforcing Authority Regulations 1998 .
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain.
Although vast improvements have been made, large numbers of people are still injured or even killed through work related activity each year.
A lot of work has been undertaken to ensure that regulation, professional practice and corresponding law are fit for purpose. However, there is still a significant challenge to overcome general misconceptions about Health and Safety .
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 makes it a duty for employers and those responsible for work activities to report certain types of accidents that occur in workplaces. Workplaces included any place where a work activity is taking place e.g. a factory, a retail premises or a building site. For more information please see the link below.
The HSE launched their new strategy on 29 February 2016 which contains the following key themes:
Councils will still be heavily involved in delivering the new strategy, based around sensible health and safety enforcement.
Find out more about the new approach to health and safety .
If you are responsible for Health and Safety compliance please see further information below.
The Active Sussex Workplace Health Programme aims to raise awareness of the benefits of an active and healthy workplace, and to guide employers through the process of creating a healthier workforce – and ultimately a healthier business.
See important information on health and safety for businesses in the links below:
Visit our Heath & Safety Questions and Answers page for more information.
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