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HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION. OFFICE, SHOPS AND RAILWAY PREMISES ACT (1963). Ensures that employers provide minimum health and safety standards. Key Points:- Cleanliness Heating, Lighting and Ventilation Sanitary Conveniences i.e. toilets Drinking Water Fire Precautions.

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Health and safety legislation

HEALTH AND SAFETY LEGISLATION


Office shops and railway premises act 1963

OFFICE, SHOPS AND RAILWAY PREMISES ACT (1963)

  • Ensures that employers provide minimum health and safety standards.

  • Key Points:-

  • Cleanliness

  • Heating, Lighting and Ventilation

  • Sanitary Conveniences i.e. toilets

  • Drinking Water

  • Fire Precautions


Health and safety at work act 1974

HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT (1974)

  • Outlines the responsibilities of employers AND employees in terms of health and safety

  • EMPLOYERS RESPONSIBILTIES

  • Provide and maintain suitable surroundings

  • Provide information and training

  • Provide protective clothing and equipment if required

  • Prepare a health and safety policy


Health and safety legislation

  • EMPLOYEES RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Take reasonable care for their own safety and those they work with

  • Co-operate with employer

  • Not to interfere or misuse equipment


Health and safety first aid regulations 1981

HEALTH AND SAFETY (FIRST AID) REGULATIONS (1981)

  • This was introduced to ensure that employers provide first-aid equipment and staff in the workplace.

  • There should be a first-aid box and a first aider and all staff should be aware of arrangements for first-aid


Fire precautions place of work regulations 1995

FIRE PRECAUTIONS (PLACE OF WORK) REGULATIONS (1995)

  • Ensures that employers have taken reasonable steps to protect employees if there is a fire.

  • Employers should:-

  • Assess the fire risks in the workplace

  • Check fire detection systems and warning systems (the fire alarm)

  • Check evacuation routes

  • Produce fire-fighting equipment

  • Check all employees know the procedure

  • Check and maintain fire-safety equipment


Health and safety display screen equipment regulations 1992

HEALTH AND SAFETY (DISPLAY SCREEN EQUIPMENT) REGULATIONS (1992)

  • Ensure that employers provide employees with comfortable working conditions if using IT.

  • Employers should:

  • Assess the workstation requirements. They should provide:

    • Adjustable controls on VDU

    • Adjustable and stable seating

    • Suitable workstation surface

    • Adjustable and separate keyboard


Health and safety legislation

  • Assess the computer environment, identify risks and minimise the risks

  • Vary work and allow regular breaks

  • Arrange eye tests and provide glasses as appropriate

  • Provide adequate training and information on health and safety in terms of their work


Health and safety executive

HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE

  • HSE develop and enforce all Health and Safety legislation

  • An inspector can visit a firm without notice.


Health and safety legislation

  • Breaches of Health and Safety legislation could have the following penalties:

  • Serve an improvement notice – firm has to make improvements by a deadline

  • Serve a prohibition notice – firm is closed down

  • Fine of up to £20,000

  • Imprisonment of employers for up to 6 months.


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