What must employers do?

The main elements employers and occupiers of premises need to have in place are:

  • Health and safety policy statement
  • Health and safety policy statement
  • Assigned responsibilities for health, safety and environment
  • Safe plant and equipment
  • Safe use, handling and storage of materials and substances
  • Provision of safety information, training & supervision
  • Safe place of work, access and egress
  • Ensured competency of employees
  • Identification of hazards
  • "suitable and sufficient" assessment of risks
  • Specific risk assessments e.g Fire, DSE, COSHH, height etc.
  • Effective practical measures to reduce those risks
  • Health surveillance where necessary
  • Identification of environmental aspects and impacts
  • Accident & near miss reporting and investigation
  • Consultation with employees on safety issues
  • Emergency procedures, 1st aid, fire prevention, spill
  • Monitor, review and audit of EHS arrangements

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