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What are the Basic Health and Safety Obligations?
This is not, except in rare instances, an absolute obligation. Instead, you are normally required to do all that is reasonably practicable to keep your employees safe and that means weighing up the likelihood and severity of the risk on the one hand and the time, money and trouble of averting it on the other hand.
In many cases, the Health and Safety Executive will have issued Codes of Practise to provide guidance.
What does "Competent Person" mean?
Ensuring that you have competent advice is one of those rare absolute obligations. You have to do this which means you must be adequately skilled yourself or have someone in house who is, or you must hire someone who is.
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What does the word "employee" cover?
Yes. You have obligations that extent to visitors, clients, guests, neighbours, members of the public and anyone else who might be affected by what you do, including contractors and subcontractors, and it is possible that if you fail to comply with your health and safety obligations, you may invalidate your liability insurance or increase your premiums.
The Act applies to all employers and all those who carry on a business, no matter what kind of business. Health and safety obligations apply to all work activities and all premises, including outdoor activities.
Did you know:
A good health and safety policy need not stop you doing what you need to do or make it any more expensive
A failure to carry out risk assessments could result in an unlimited fine and 2 years imprisonment
If you have five employees
You must do risk assessments
If what you do could injure someone who is not
You must do an assessment