Understanding H&S

Understanding health and safety in the workplace

Health and safety regulations in the industry, and specific to our organisation at Xxx Ltd.

When looking at industry wide health and safety legislation, there are several key areas and specific requirements that must be met regardless of business type or size.
The main basis for this is the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This sets out most of the requirements and is the corner stone for the entire British health and safety law. There are then several important regulations and governing bodies which deal with specifics.
For example the requirement to keep and use an accident book detailed in the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1979. This is where accidents and injuries including near misses must be recorded. There are then several types of injuries and incidents that require further reporting for example; deaths, certain diseases, incapacitations beyond 7 days must be reported to RIDDOR, this stands for; Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. RIDDOR was established in 1995, however there was a large scale amendment to the specifics and descriptions of what injuries and incidents do require reporting and the procedure for doing so, and also those that don’t. These amendments came into action in 2013. Another regulation is the COSSH regulation; COSHH is the law that requires employers to control substances that are hazardous to health.   This entails recording COSSH files on chemicals and any substances that could lead to possible harm in the workplace, as well as risk assessments for the storage, movement and use of these.
There are then more specific regulations and legislation setup for specific industries, however many are still applicable in a variety of workplaces. For example, manual handling and working at height training can be applied to many industries. These two areas both have established training at Xxx ltd. This is done by an external third...