Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

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  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
    • Imposes general duties of employees, employers and the self employed
    • Duties of employees
      • take care of the health and safety of themselves and others
      • cooperate with requirements issued by their employer
      • not to intentionally or recklessly interfere of misuse anything
        • e.g. equipment
      • everyone is responsible for health and safety in the workplace
      • must follow workplace training rules
        • wear PPE
        • use equipment as instructed
    • Duties of the Employer
      • ensure health, safety and well being of employees and others
      • assess risks in the workplace
      • ensure safety of employees in connection with the use, storage and transport of items
      • ensure safe maintenance of the place of work
      • consult employees
      • employers have to complete or provide:
        • risk assessments
        • training for employees
        • welfare facilities
          • wash basins
          • toilets
          • rest/changing facilities
          • area to eat/drink


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