Health and safety regulations are put into practice to enable us to carry out tasks safety, without stopping us from working. A risk assessment is completed where a task is unavoidable, to assess the tasks danger before completion.
In accordance with the HSE statistics 2014/15, 142 people were killed within the UK whilst at work. Acknowledging this, it is important to understand and comply with the Management of H&S at Work Regulations, 1999. Employers are also required by the HSE to report certain serious workplace accidents.
Phil Hughes, author of Introduction to health and safety at work (2005) explains H&S management importance in its simplest terms in compliance with HSE,
‘The HSE believes that effective management of health and safety:
- Is vital to employee well-being
- Enhances the reputation of the business
- Is financially beneficial to the business’
To effectively comprehend H&S management we must group relevant dangers with their regulations for example,
- Slips, trips and falls (HSWA)
- Electrical (PAT Testing)
- Substances (COSHH)
- Manual Handling/Transportation (MHOR)
- Audience safety (Risk Assessment)
Risk assessments are completed to identify if appropriate control measures are in place to avoid harm. It is important these risk assessments are reviewed, updated and evaluated continuously as they are required by law.