Working Conditions are Safe & Hygienic

The legal requirements – Law 1

these are the MINIMUM standards you MUST implement on site to be legally compliant.

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Health and safety management - relevant to all workers

Policy

  • You must have a policy setting out how you manage health and safety. If you employ five or more people, this policy must be in writing.
  • Employers must ensure the health, safety and welfare of their workers i.e. they should minimise any risks to which they are exposed.
  • There should be a competent person responsible for H&S.
  • Workers may remove themselves from dangerous work conditions without jeopardy to their continued employment
  • Employers must consult all of their employees on health and safety matters. Consultation involves employers not only giving information to employees but also listening to them and taking account of what they say before making any health and safety decisions.
  • The employer must set up a safety committee if two or more trade union safety representatives ask for one.

Risk Assessments for all workers

  • Employers must ensure the health, safety and welfare of their workers i.e. they should not be at risk.
  • Risk assessments should be carried out and findings/actions recorded in any work place where there are more than 5 employees. An example of how to conduct and record a risk assessment is given in a case study 3.16.1 here.

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