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.