Health & Safety at Work Act (1974)
Section 2 - Duties of employers to employees
2.1 General duties
To ensure, so far as is
reasonably practicable, the health, safety, and welfare at work of
2.2 Particular duties
So far as is reasonably practicable, and
without prejudice to the generality of an employer’s duty under the preceding
subsection, the matters to which that duty extends include, in particular, to
2.2.a - 2.2.e.
2.2.a Apparatus and systems:
Ensure the provision and maintenance of
plant and systems of work which are, safe and without risks to health.
2.2.b Substances & articles:
Ensure, safety and absence of risks to
health in connection with the use, handling, storage, and transport of articles
Provide such information, instruction, training and
supervision as is necessary, to ensure the health and safety at work of his
2.2.d Access & egress:
As regards any place of work under the employer’s
control, the maintenance of it in a condition which is safe and without risks
to health, and the provision and maintenance of means of access to, and egress
from it, which are safe and without such risks.
Provide and maintain a working environment for his
employees which is safe, without risks to health, and adequate as regards
facilities and arrangements for their welfare at work.
2.3 Safety policies
An employer must prepare, and
revise when necessary, a written policy of policy with respect to health and
safety at work and, in particular, outline the organisation and arrangements
which have been implemented to ensure that the policy is being implemented. Such
a statement should be drawn to the attention of all employees.
2.4 Appointment of safety representatives
section allows the Secretary of State to make regulations dealing with
consultations between employers and trade unions, and their representatives.
The employer has a duty to
consult with trade union representatives.
2.7 Safety committee
The employer has a duty to establish a safety
committee, if requested by trade union representatives.
Rest breaks at work
A worker is entitled to an uninterrupted break of 20 minutes when daily working
time is more than six hours. It should be a break in working time, and should not
be taken either at the start, or at the end, of a working day.