Health and safety law

The main legislation covering health and safety in workplaces is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the regulations made under the Act.

A summary of the requirements are included in free leaflets available from  Health and Safety Executive Books . Leaflets are available for many health and safety topic areas providing information what the law requires as well as useful guidance.

Topics include:

  • An introduction to health and safety in small businesses;
  • Accidents and emergencies – including first aid and accident reporting;
  • Electrical safety;
  • Hazardous substances, fire & explosion – including Asbestos, COSHH (Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health) and gas;
  • Personal and personnel issues at work – including stress, violence and musculoskeletal disorders;
  • Plants, animals and zoonoses (diseases that are transferable from animals to humans);
  • Transport, machine safety and new technology;
  • Working Environment – including slips, trips, falls from height, noise and temperature.

A copy of the Act can be downloaded from the Health and Safety Executive website: Health and Safety at Work Act .

Copies of the regulations can be purchased from the:  Office of Public Sector Information .