The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 gives the legal framework to promote and encourage high standards of health and safety at work. It places duties on the employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of employees who may be affected by work activities. The duty extends to safeguarding the health and safety of others, eg the public. Employees are required to follow any guidelines given to them by their employer.
The Health & Safety Executive's website contains lots of information about health and safety issues. Follow the link below to their website.
The Citizens Advice Bureau offers advice about employees health and safety, see Adviceguide - Health and safety
For information about fire safety, an employer's responsibilities and the Workplace Regulations follow this link.
Date Published: 28/03/08