Get Your Health and Safety Regs in Order

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Byline: COLIN GRIMSTON

EMPLOYERS have a legal responsibility for the health and safety of their employees while in the workplace, as well as anyone else who may be affected by their business and its activities.

Health and safety regulations exist to prevent people from being harmed at work by taking the right precautions and providing a safe working environment.

Implementing good health and safety practices will help you comply with the law.

Conducting a thorough assessment of the risks your staff and stakeholders face is vital. Businesses must have a health and safety policy, and for businesses employing five or more people, this policy must be in writing.

It is imperative that businesses take their responsibility towards employees seriously. Not only is it good practice to have strong health and safety policies, but there are also certain specific legal requirements.

Recording and reporting accidents, consulting employees - or their safety representatives - on health and safety matters and ensuring employees understand and carry out their health and safety responsibilities are all legal requirements for any emplo yer. …