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Legal responsibilities and penalties

IET factfile: Health and Safety - Legal responsibilities and penalties

A health and safety briefing provided by the IET.

The legal responsibilities of employers, employees and self-employed persons are set out in the health and safety at work act 1974.

Section 2(2) requires employers to:

  • provide and maintain safe plant and systems of work;
  • ensure safety and absence of risks to health in connection with the use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances; provide information, instruction, training and supervision;
  • maintain the condition of places of work, and provide and maintain safe means of access to and egress from them;
  • and provide and maintain a safe working environment and adequate facilities and arrangements for employees’ welfare.