The Law

Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

This is the main guidance source for matters relating to Health and Safety for employers. It describes in detail the required actions on the part of the employer to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of their employers and visitors. It is constantly being reviewed and updated but the main essence remains the same as when it was first introduced. Its requirements are enforceable by law.

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Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Another document that is enforceable by law. The main area of interest here is the compelling of employers to carry out regular ‘suitable and sufficient’ risk assessments to ensure that he has taken any and all measures he needs to take to make the workplace as safe an environment to work in as is reasonably practically possible.

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The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Very specific guidelines of what is expected on the part of the employer mainly in relation to the welfare aspects at all workplaces but with a link to all matters Health and safety related. Should be read in conjunction with HSW Act 1974 and HSW Management Regulations 1999.

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BS6396:2008 A1 2015

This is a link to the online BSi shop to purchase a copy of BS6396. This was established to provide a specification for the safe installation and use of electrical systems on or in office furniture (and now educational furniture) where it is connected to the mains supply using a 13amp plug.

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