Health & safety

2nd July 2016

Health & safety law requires employers to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees as well as considering others who may be affected by their work, such as clients, contractors and visitors.  This includes identifying, assessing and controlling safety risks and recording significant findings of risk assessments and ensuring all staff have a basic understanding of health & safety.

Health and safety duties must be assigned to a competent person – someone with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to manage health & safety.  Failure to manage health and safety can lead to substantial business costs including accidents, inflated insurance premiums, reputational damage and legal costs.

In many cases, external help or advice may be required, to ensure legal health & safety obligations are met, and employees, visitors, clients and contractors are safe.