UK Health and Safety Legislations
These laws and safety regulations are intended to ensure that risk factors that may pose danger to the welfare of workers at work are greatly reduced. The Health and Safety at work Act of 1974 was one of the major pieces of legislation’s cover health and safety that has ever been passed in Britain’s history. This is because the basis of the law was to make the workers generally know explicitly what they were required to do in order to manage their health and safety. However these Act has been amended a couple of times over the years due to the ever changing nature of the British work force.
For instance the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 came into effect in 1993.It highlighted various employer duties such as developing risk assessments to the health and safety of the workforce such that an employer is thus required to identify those risks and reduce them. This legislation also provided that employers appoint a permanent body who would be mandated to oversee the safety and health of the employees.
The Workplace Regulations is also among the major health and safety Acts that provide guidance on matters safety in workplace. The provision in this regulations mandates the employer to equip workplace with adequate lighting, ventilation, staff facilities including toilets and safe passageways.
In order to take care of workers needs The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations Act ensures that employers provide free suitable personal protective equipment whenever there are risks to the safety and health of workers. Such equipment includes face masks, gloves, overalls, safety helmets etc. The provision of adequate information regarding these protective equipment is also required.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations Act is one of the most important legislations in UK labour force. This is because the law mandates employers to report among a wide range of work related incidents, accidents and diseases to the nearest local environmental office. Such reports are necessary in ensuring injuries, accidents or even deaths can be prevented in the future.