What is health and safety all about?
Preventing people from being harmed by work or becoming
ill by taking the right precautions - and providing a satisfactory
Why are there health and safety laws?
Because health and safety at work is so important, there
are rules which require all of us not to put ourselves or
others in danger. The law is also there to protect the public
from workplace dangers.
Do health and safety laws apply to me?
Yes. To all businesses, how- ever small; also to the self-
employed and to employees.Who enforces health and safety
law?Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
or your local authority. For example: HSE at factories,
farms and building sites;local authorities in offices, shops,
hotels and catering, and leisure activities.
Who enforces health and safety law?
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or
your local authority. For example: HSE at factories, farms
and building sites;local authorities in offices, shops,
hotels and catering, and leisure activities
What do inspectors actually do?
They visit workplaces to check that people are sticking
to the rules. They investigate some accidents and complaints
but mainly they help you to understand what you need to
do. They enforce only when something is seriously wrong.
Do I have to contact an inspector to get
No. HSE operates a confidential telephone information service
called Infoline which is open Monday-Friday between 8 am
and 6 pm. You can contact Infoline by telephone 08701 545500
or fax 02920 859260, or e-mail hseinformation email@example.com.
Alternatively you can write to HSE Information Services,
Caerphilly Business Park, Caerphilly CF83 3GG.
Do I need to register my business?
It's likely you will if you employ anyone - contact Infoline
as above question.
Do I need to have employers' liability
It's the law if you employ anyone - and you should display
the certificate. See the free leaflet, Employers' Liability
Compulsory Insurance Act 1969. A guide for employers HSE40,
available from HSE Books on 01787 881165 or from www.hsebooks.co.uk.
Do I need to display any posters?
Yes, the health and safety
law poster if you employ anyone. Alternatively you can
provide your employees with individual copies of the same
information in a leaflet. Go to
our books section for more (health and safety awareness
Do I have to report injuries at work?
Yes, and other incidents. Go to
our books section for more (health and safety accident report
Download the full booklet - An
Introduction to Health and Safety
Five Steps to
1. Look for the hazards
2. Decide who might be harmed and how
3. Evaluate the risks and decide whether the existing precautions
are adequate or whether more should be done
4. Record your findings
5. Review your assessment and revise if necessary
the full booklet here
Health and Safety
law - what you should know
- Your health, safety and welfare at work are protected
- Your employer has a duty to protect you and keep you
informed about health and safety
- You have a responsibility to look after yourself and
- If there is a problem, discuss it with your employer
or safety representative
the full leaflet here
Health and Safety links
Health and Safety Newsletter
Health and Safety Website
relating to safety signs
and Safety Executive
and Safety for Beginners (HSfB)
A useful site if you don't know where to find information
on health and safety studies and UK legislation.
UK Safety Network
A directory of UK-specific health, safety and welfare related
Current and Archived Health and Safety News site
HS & E can conduct Hand Arm Vibration Assessments And Are
Noise Assessment Consultants
A Summary of Health
and Safety Signs regulations
Health and safety regulations require that employers provide
specific signage wherever a risk exists that one is unable
to avoid or control by other means such as engineering controls.
The sign must help to reduce that risk. If the risk is not
significant, there is no need to display a sign.
Employers are also required to maintain the signs and ensure
they are properly visible. They are also required to explain
unfamiliar signs and what the procedure is.
Requirments for Health and Safety
posters and accident Procedures
If you employ anyone, you must display a health
and safety law poster. Additionally, you must report
certain types of work related accidents. See
our accident book. More details on this here
Top 10 key things you must do to conform to health and
Health and Safety Government Website
Health and Safety Signs Legislation
Health and Safety Executive
An Occupational & Workplace Safety UK Web Directory
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and occupational safety related web sites categorised
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