Health and Safety at Work Act

Applies to the whole UK

Title: Health and Safety at Work Act

Category: UK Law

Date: 1974

Reference: ISBN 0105437743 [Full text not available]

General Description:

This together with the Alkali Act 1960 places a duty on operators of registered industrial processes to use best practicable means to prevent noxious emissions and render them harmless. The Act is enforced by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP). HMIP are now part of the UK's Environment Agency.

The Act is made up of four main sections:

  • Part 1 which deals with health, safety and welfare relating to work;
  • Part 2 relates to the Employment Medical Advisory Service. This is the medical division of the Health & Safety Commission who advise the Agricultural Inspectorate regarding incidents at work particularly those involving pesticides.;
  • Part 3 amends the law relating to buildings regulations and is the responsibility of the Secretary of State for the Environment;
  • Part 4 contains a series of miscellaneous and general provisions. This includes fire regulations.

Its purpose is to provide the legislative framework to promote, stimulate and encourage high standards of health and safety at work. Generally the Act imposes responsibilities on employers and others to ensure, where reasonably practical, the health, safety and welfare of their employees by:

  • maintaining safety systems at work
  • ensuring the safe use, storage, handling and transport of articles and substances
  • maintain safe premises
  • maintain a safe working environment
  • provide adequate welfare arrangements

Pertinence to Agriculture: Health and Safety

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