Health And Safety At Work Act 1974

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Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSAWA 1974) [1] [2] [12] ‘The Health and safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain.’ - Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974 (n.d.) The Act was put in place to help reduce deaths and serious injury in the workplace, it sets out the Health and Safety duties and responsibilities ‘as reasonably practicable’ for a company, employers, employees and anyone else affected by the activities carried out by the company. Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) are guidance with specific legal standing and employers who have been prosecuted due to failure to comply with Health and Safety law are likely to have not followed the ACOP. The Act also …show more content…

They will investigate any place of work and can issue improvement and prohibition notices if required, these will detail what offence has taken place and which regulations have been broken. The HSC and HSE are there to give guidance on how to rectify any notices issued and on general health and safety queries. CDM Regulations [3] [4] [5] The role of the CDM coordinator according to the 2007 regulation was to oversee health and safety and to prevent risks or potential hazards on a construction site, this role was removed in the latest version of the regulation revised in 2015 and the responsibility now falls with the Client and Principal Designer. The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) state that under the latest revision the contractor needs to make sure of the below; • The Client is aware of the clients’ duties under CDM 2015 • Plan, manage and monitor the work carried out by them and the work of others • Check who they employ have the required skills and training for the activities specified • Make sure all workers have a site specific induction • Provide appropriate supervision • Make sure there is no unauthorized access on site • Ensure there is adequate welfare

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