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Legal Duties of the Employees

  • Legal Duties of the Employees

    Overview This talk will cover: the legal duties of employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and regulations.

    Framework of health and safety law

    1 The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 provides general guidelines on the way in which work activities are able to be carried out.
    2 More detailed guidance is provided through the issue of regulations which also carry the full force of law.

    Employees’ legal duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act

    1 You must safeguard your own health and safety and that of others (e.g. other operatives and members of the public) who may be affected by your actions.
    2 You must co-operate with your employer to help them comply with their legal duties.
    3 You must not to interfere with anything provided for health and safety.

    Employees’ legal duties under regulations

    1 Some of the legal duties imposed on employees by regulations are:
    • General Safety – to follow the training and instructions provided when using machinery, equipment, dangerous substances, transport equipment or safety devices. Report any defects which you believe could endanger health or safety.
    • PPE – You must use in accordance with training and instructions given. Report loss or damage and store correctly after use.
    • COSHH – You must make use of any control measures provided to enable you to avoid contact with hazardous substances.
    • Noise – You must wear hearing protection devices and take other actions that your employer may decide are necessary to protect your hearing.
    • Manual handling – You must make use of any system of work provided by your employer to eliminate or reduce the risk of manual handling injuries.
    • Electricity – You must co-operate with your employer and follow instructions with regard to working safely.

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