Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.
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What Does the 1999’s ‘Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations’ Require You to Do?
What is management of health and safety at work regulations 1999?
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 defines and reinforces the employer’s duties when it comes to protecting and managing their worker’s health and safety.It directly outlines what to do for every work activity, setting in place a series of duties for both employees and employers for the sake of workplace health and safety.
First, the Act makes employers, or company management, responsible and accountable to carry out risk assessments. These assessments need to identify potential hazards to your worker’s health and safety, as well as to the well-being of anyone else included in your day-to-day operations.
After your risk assessment, you then need to arrange to apply protective and preventive measures to keep hazards in check. Here, you need to apply the ‘Hierarchy of Risk Control’, which is another set of requirements for employers.
Your duties as an employer include:
- Appointing at least one person to handle, supervise, and assist in all health and safety matters.
- Working together with other employers who might share your space to coordinate all activities that concern health and safety.
- Providing the needed information, instructions, and training for your employees.
Additional requirements are also set for you to protect the well-being of expectant mothers.
If your company has five or more workers, you need to record the findings of your risk assessment so that you can further plan any necessary prevention and intervention. If your organisation includes underage persons, you’re further required to take their youth, inexperience, and immaturity into account.
Your Employees’ Health and Safety Activities
The Act defines the employees’ duties in keeping everyone (including themselves) safe and healthy.
Depending on your organisation and risk assessment findings, you might need to incorporate a set of procedures or protocols for regular checks to keep everyone protected. This is most often required if your workplace involves chemical hazards, vibration, or noise.
Aside from this, you need to determine immediate and serious safety hazards and install procedures to manage them. From planning evacuation procedures to handling emergencies, you need to have systems in place for workers to receive help and for all employees to know what emergency services to contact and when.
Your workers are required to report any risks, hazards, or safety issues that they know about. Your employees also need to use safety equipment as intended, make reasonable efforts to protect their and everyone else’s health and safety, and report any risky accidents or incidents immediately.
How Acorn Safety Services Can Help You!
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The ‘U.K. Health and Safety Act’ from 1999 defines your general duties in protecting workers’ wellbeing.
These guidelines require your management team to use common sense, reasonable risk versus cost calculations, and good faith to protect your workers. The application of these guidelines varies from company to company depending on their field, the nature of their industry, and the risks involved.
From planning and arranging implementation of safety measures to setting up emergency procedures and employing the utmost competence to put measures in motion, the Act guides and we deliver. We provide consultancy and training for your employees as we work together toward a safe workplace.
We will help you interpret and clarify the regulations so that you can plan your processes, create health and safety protocols, and supply the right protective equipment without excessive cost to workflow or your bank account.
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If you’re unsure what your duties are under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, then we’re here to help.
We will guide you through the entire process, and work alongside your team to assess hazards, make plans, and design protocols for your and your workers’ peace of mind.