Category: Health & Safety

Health and Safety and Criminal Law – An Overview

Health and Safety at Work Act The Health and Safety at Work Act is still the main health and safety legislation in the UK. It is an Act of Parliament (primary legislation) that prescribes general duties to all at work, regardless of the work activity or context. Failure to comply with a duty under the

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Sources and Types of Law Relating to Health and Safety

Sources of law The law is made in two different ways, i.e. there are two sources of law – common law or statute. Statute law takes priority over common law and may be enacted to address a perceived inequity in the common law. Common law often aids the interpretation of statute law as terms are

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Moral expectations of good standards of health and safety

Society exerts pressure through three overlapping and interacting spheres of influence: moral, legal and financial.     Moral Drivers Morals are the codes of conduct, or rules of behaviour imposed by a society regarding what is right and wrong. For people to be killed, or seriously injured, or to suffer illness as a consequence of

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Negligence and Health and Safety – A Brief Overview

Negligence Negligence may be explained as careless conduct injuring another. For the injured party (claimant) to succeed in a negligence claim, he must prove: That the defendant (usually the employer) owed him a duty of care; That this duty was breached. The duty of care is breached if the defendant has failed to exercise the

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The health surveillance cycle

Health surveillance is any activity which involves obtaining information about employees’ health and which helps protect employees from health risks at work. The objectives for health surveillance are: Protecting the health of employees by early detection of adverse changes or disease; Collecting data for detecting or evaluating health hazards; Evaluating control measures. As part of

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Objectives and Planning to Achieve Them

Introduction It is not reasonable to expect much in the way of meaningful progress without setting clear objectives. As with many other areas of business, health and safety performance will be improved by the setting of appropriate objectives and the subsequent achievement of them. Setting Objectives Objectives can be strategic, tactical or operational: strategic objectives

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Some Approaches to Identifying Hazards

Hazard identification is the first, and most important, step of the risk management process on the basis that a hazard has to be identified before its corresponding risks can be controlled. There are many different approaches to hazard identification and many techniques have been developed. Some of the approaches are oulined below: Observational techniques such

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HSE Enforcement – When the Inspectors Come Knocking!

  The enforcement of health and safety depends upon the main activity undertaken at a place of work. The Health and Safety Executive typically enforces at higher risk workplaces such as construction sites and factories. Office of Rail and Road (ORR) enforces on the railways. Local Authorities (usually Environmental Health Officers) enforce at lower risk

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Reporting Incidents, Including near Misses and Accidents

  Employers, self-employed persons, and persons in control of work premises, have legal duties under RIDDOR to report and record certain work-related accidents by the quickest means possible. Exercise The following accidents must be reported: The easiest way to report an accident, in most cases, is via the appropriate online report form at The

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