Health And Safety At Work Regulations

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Health and Safety measures. “Health and safety gone mad!”
Current health and safety rules that apply to any industrial or non-commercial laboratories are enforced by the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 1974 and regulations associated with it. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (updated 2002) are the most significant regulations in the current health and safety legislation. They are accompanied by an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance. These Laboratory Regulations are intended to ensure safe working practices, environmental protection and operating efficiency with regard to laboratory use.
Essentially these targets are to be achieved by responsible, competent and correct use of the buildings, installations, machinery and equipment, as well as an economical use of energy, water and other media. They should help to safeguard the health and physical safety of laboratory users, to keep damage to a minimum in the case of accidents and to avoid environmental pollution.
In the past (even after introduction of HSWA in Great Britain and similar acts abroad) many accidents have occurred due to the Health and Safety rules not being followed or neglected (e.g. Bhopal Disaster, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster).

Chernobyl. Why it happened and how it affected safety measures. (Ukraine, Chernobyl)
What was going on at the time.
The Chernobyl Disaster occurred on the 26th of April 1986. An experiment which…
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