If you run or manage any kind of business or organisation you already know it, the health and safety buck stops with the boss.
Under UK law there's no doubt. It's every employer’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of their employees, and of anyone else who might be affected by the business, including customers, visitors and passers-by.Continue reading
What every employer needs to know about health and safety law
One of the best known legal maxims is that ignorance of the law is no defence. When it comes to health and safety, "I didn't know we couldn't do that" simply won't cut it in court. And not knowing the law makes you much more likely to end up there.Continue reading
In a nutshell there are two compelling reasons why it's important for an employer to assess health and safety risks in the workplace:
Because you want your employees, customers and visitors to be safe and healthy
Because you would be breaking the law if you failed to conduct an assessment.
"When should I report a health and safety concern?" is an easy question, because there's only one possible answer. As soon as possible - before something terrible happens. "How" is more complicated, because it depends on who you are and where you work.Continue reading
How health and safety risk assessments are monitored and reviewed
So you've conducted a health and safety assessment of your workplace and created a health and safety policy for the business. You're entitled to feel relieved; pleased that you've done all you need to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA).Continue reading
The short answer is "because it's every employer's duty".
Being an employer is about much more than just obeying the letter of the law, of course. You also want to make your workforce as productive as possible. And you need to attract talented people by being a good place to work.Continue reading