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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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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
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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
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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.
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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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