Working hours are not excessive

What you must do - law 4

Working Time Regulations

Risk Assessments - applies to all workers

  • Though not specified in the WTR, under H&S legislation, a business is responsible for ensuring that working conditions do not put people at risk.
  • Excessive working hours can have an impact on health & safety both on and off site.
  • Employers are responsible for ensuring that working hours are within the required limits to ensure that the health and safety of their workers is protected

Rest periods - applies to all workers

  • At least 1 day off in every 7 day period, or 2 consecutive days off in every 14 day period.
  • A worker should have 11 hours rest between each work period in any 24 hour period.
  • The regulations give all workers a right to 92 hours of rest in a week, including daily rest breaks at work.
  • This effectively limits the total number of hours that a worker can work in one week to 76.
  • In order to work the maximum number of hours workers must have signed an opt-out agreement which allows them to work more than 48 hours per week.

Rest periods - Young workers

  • Young workers are entitled to two days off each week. This cannot be averaged over a two-week period, and should normally be two consecutive days.
  • Young workers must have a rest period of at least 12 hours between periods of work.

There are no separate provisions for risk assessments and rest periods under the Agricultural Workers Order

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