Businesses have a legal obligation to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees, members of the public or anyone else who is affected by their work activity.
Visit the Health and Safety Executive website for further information about businesses legal requirements in relation to health and safety.
What can I expect from an employer in relation to health and safety?
Employees have the right to work in an environment where the risks to their health and safety are controlled. Employers must do whatever is reasonably expected to achieve this.
Employers should consult with employees, or a representative, to discuss health and safety concerns and ensure that all employees have received training on how to do the job safely.
Further information can be found in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) leaflet Your Health and Safety – A brief guide for workers or by visiting the HSE website www.hse.gov.uk
What are employee responsibilities for health and safety at work?
Employees have a legal duty to take responsibility of their own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of anyone who is affected by their work actions.
- follow the training and instructions provided by their employer in relation to health and safety
- co-operate with others
- not interfere with or misuse anything the employer has provided for health, safety or welfare.
Further information can be found in the Health and Safety Executive leaflet Health and Safety Law – what I need to know.
What are the health and safety responsibilities for members of the public?
Members of the public must not intentionally interfere with or misuse anything that has been provided in the interests of health, safety and welfare.
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