Ignore the health and safety at work regulations at your peril.
Like it or not, the health and safety of your staff matters. Look at the wealth of law that safeguards staff from accident or injury and imposes fines - even prison sentences - on negligent managements. If an accident occurs, you could end up going to court. You cannot claim for disruption to your business, for loss of time in the event of an investigation or legal proceedings. So, here's a checklist of key points:
- Do you display the health and safety law poster prominently?
- Has your health and safety policy been updated in the last 12 months? Are your procedures in respect of the Health and Safety (consultation with employees) regulations 1996 working satisfactorily?
- Have you undertaken risk assessments particularly for lifting and handling, control of hazardous substances, fire and escape, working procedures?
- Do all of your plant, tools and equipment comply with the Provision and Use of Work regulations 1992?
- Have you checked whether the Fire Precautions (workplace) regulations 1997 apply at your premises?
- Are your display screen 'users' working within the requirements of the Health and Safety (display screen equipment) regulations 1992?
- The Confined Spaces regulations 1997 came into force on 28 January 1998. The building trade in particular should check their requirements.