General health and safety in the workplace


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These regulations are designed to prevent death, injury and ill-health in the workplace including carrying out risk assessments and reporting major injuries.

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Adventure Activities (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 2004

These regulations set out the demarcation in enforcement responsibilities between HSE and Local Authorities in relation to adventure activities.

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Adventure Activities Licensing Regulations 2004

These regulations set out what providers of adventure activities need to do to obtain a licence.

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Celluloid and Cinematograph Film Act 1922 (Exemptions) Regulations 1980

These regulations allow HSE to grant exceptions to requirements of the Celluloid and Cinematograph Film1922 Act.

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Celluloid and Cinematograph Film Act 1922 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974

These regulations repealed and modified provisions to the Celluloid and Cinematograph Film 1922 Act in relation to; general safety, penalties, power of entry, power to take samples and obstructions of officers.

Confined Spaces Regulations 1997

These regulations impose requirements and prohibitions with respect to the health and safety of persons carrying out work in confined spaces who are at risk from specified hazards such as asphyxiation, noxious or explosive fumes, fires etc.

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Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010

These regulations impose duties on employers to protect employees and others who may be exposed to risk from artificial optical radiation (ie hazardous sources of bright light such as lasers).

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Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

These regulations set out what employers need to do to reduce and control the risks from exposure to noise at work.

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Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005

These regulations set out what employers need to do to reduce and control the risks from exposure to vibration at work.

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Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

These regulations impose requirements to prevent harm from the use of electricity at work and for the control of electrical systems to ensure they are maintained in a safe condition.

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Employers’ Health and Safety Policy Statements (Exception) Regulations 1975

These regulations exempt small businesses (fewer than 5 employees) from preparing a written health and safety policy

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Employment Medical Advisory Service (Factories Act Orders etc Amendment) Order 1973

This Order provides that medical examinations etc must be performed by fully registered medical practitioners appointed under the provisions of the Employment Medical Advisory Service Act 1972.

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Factories Act (Docks, Building and Engineering Construction, etc) Modification Regulations 1938

These regulations extended notification requirements to docks, building and engineering construction.

Factories Act 1937 (Extension of Section 46) Regulations 1948

These regulations extend a regulation-making power in the Factories Act 1937 so that it includes canteens.

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Factories Act 1961 and Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 2009

These regulations remove requirements to keep registers and display certain notices in workplaces.

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Factories Act 1961 (Repeals) Regulations 1975

These regulations remove duties under the Act that are covered under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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Factories Act 1961 etc (Metrication) Regulations 1983

These regulations update imperial measurements in the Act to metric measurements.

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Factories Act 1961 etc (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974

These regulations transfers functions of inspectors appointed under the Act to those appointed under the Health and Safety at Work Act,

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Factories Act 1961 etc (Repeals) Regulations 1976

These regulations repeal redundant parts of the Act following the introduction of new fire safety legislation.

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Factory and Workshop Act 1901, use of locomotives and wagons on lines and sidings, Regulations 1906

These regulations impose duties on the occupiers of factories or workshops, where locomotives, wagons or other rolling stock are used. Occupiers must maintain capstans, lines of rails and points and properly construct and maintain every gantry.

Fire Precautions Act 1971 (Modifications) (Revocation) Regulations 1989

These regulations revoke the Fire Precautions Act 1971 (Modifications) Regulations 1976.

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Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996

These regulations require employers to consult their employees on health and safety issues.

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Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992

These regulations set out the minimum safety and health requirements for work with display screen equipment.

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Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998

These regulations determine where HSE and local authorities will enforce health and safety legislation.

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Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2010

These regulations update existing charges and introduce new charges made for performance, mainly by the HSE, of a range of statutory functions.

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Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981

These regulations govern the provision of first-aid by employers and the self-employed.

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Health and Safety Information for Employees (Amendment) Regulations 2009

These regulations relate to the provision to employees of the addresses of the enforcing authority and the employment medical advisory service.

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Health and Safety (Leasing Arrangements) Regulations 1992

These regulations clarify who has duties when equipment for use at work is supplied under a lease arrangement.

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Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002

These regulations brings together in one place a number of minor amendments to various pieces of health and safety legislation.

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Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Metrication etc) Regulations 1992

These regulations substitute metric units for imperial units in relation to two Acts.

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Health and Safety (Repeals and Revocations) Regulations 1995

These regulations repealed redundant orders and regulations made under Factories Act.

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Health and Safety (Repeals and Revocations) Regulations 1996

These regulations repeal redundant legislation made under Factories Act.

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Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996

These regulations impose duties on employers to provide and maintain safety signs.

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Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990

These regulations apply health and safety legislation to those undertaking work experience or who are training for employment.

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Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Application outside Great Britain) Order 2001

This Order extends the Health and Safety at Work Act and some regulations made under the Act, beyond the mainland of Great Britain to specified offshore areas and work activities (e.g. offshore installations and windfarms).

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Health and Safety Information for Employees (Modifications and Repeals) Regulations 1995

These regulations provide for the application of the 1989 regulations beyond Great Britain.

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Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989

These regulations require employers to provide health and safety information to their employees by means of an approved poster or leaflets.

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Health and Safety Inquiries (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 1976

These Regulations amend the Health and Safety Inquiries (Procedure) Regulations 1975 which transferred to HSE responsibilities for farm safety.

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Health and Safety Inquiries (Procedure) Regulations 1975

These regulations prescribe the procedure for HSE inquiries into accidents and other matters held under section 14 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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Health and Safety Licensing Appeals (Hearings Procedure) (Scotland) Rules 1974

These regulations set out the procedures to be followed in Scotland to appeals about the issue of licences made under the Health and Safety at Work etc, Act 1974.

Health and Safety Licensing Appeals (Hearings Procedure) Rules 1974

These rules prescribe the procedure for appeals from a licensing decision under section 44 HSWA.

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Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

These regulations impose safety requirements in relation to lifting equipment and lifting operations.

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Management of Health and Safety at Work and Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

These regulations confer civil litigation rights to employers in respect of breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

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Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

These regulations require employers and the self-employed to put in place measures to manage risks to workers and others arising from their business activities.

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Management of Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2006

These regulations extend protection to employees against civil claims by third parties to employees in respect of two sets of regulations.

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Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

These regulations impose safety requirements on the manual handling of loads.

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Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974

These regulations transfers functions of inspectors appointed under the Act to those appointed under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (Repeals) Regulations 1975

These regulations remove duties from Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act that are covered under the Health and Safety at Work Act (eg penalisation of dangerous acts and interference with equipment).

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Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 etc (Repeals) Regulations 1976

These regulations repeal redundant parts of the Act as a result of the introduction of new fire safety legislation.

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Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

These regulations require personal protective equipment to be used by workers in certain circumstances.

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Police (Health and Safety) Regulations 1999 + (Commencement) Order

These regulations extend to police officers regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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Pottery (Health and Welfare) Special Regulations 1950

These regulations prescribe maximum and minimum temperatures in workrooms used for making pottery.

Pottery (Health etc) (Metrication) Regulations 1982

These regulations amend 2 sets of regulations by substituting amounts expressed in metric units for amounts not so expressed., ie degrees Celsius for degrees Fahrenheit.

Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000

These regulations impose safety requirements in relation to pressure systems.

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Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

These regulations impose health and safety requirements in relation to providing equipment for use at work.

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Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

These regulations require employers to report certain accidents at work and diseases contracted by persons at work to HSE or a local authority.

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Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977

These regulations provide for the appointment of safety representatives for employees.

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Work at Height Regulations 2005

These regulations impose safety requirements on working at height.

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Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007

These amendment Regulations amend the Work at Height Regulations 2005 so as to apply those Regulations to persons whose work concerns the provision of instruction or leadership to one or more persons in connection with their engagement in caving or climbing by way of sport, recreation, team building or similar activities.

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Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

These regulations impose general health, safety and welfare requirements for workplaces (eg maintenance).

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Agriculture (Metrication) Regulations 1981

These regulations amend agricultural legislation by substituting metric units for Imperial units.

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Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998

These regulations determine where HSE and local authorities will enforce health and safety legislation.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety (Fees) Regulations 2010

These regulations update existing charges and introduce new charges made for performance, mainly by the HSE, of a range of statutory functions.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981

These regulations govern the provision of first-aid by employers and the self-employed.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety Information for Employees (Amendment) Regulations 2009

These regulations relate to the provision to employees of the addresses of the enforcing authority and the employment medical advisory service.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety (Leasing Arrangements) Regulations 1992

These regulations clarify who has duties when equipment for use at work is supplied under a lease arrangement.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002

These regulations brings together in one place a number of minor amendments to various pieces of health and safety legislation.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Metrication etc) Regulations 1992

These regulations substitute metric units for imperial units in relation to two Acts.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety (Repeals and Revocations) Regulations 1995

These regulations repealed redundant orders and regulations made under Factories Act.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety (Repeals and Revocations) Regulations 1996

These regulations repeal redundant legislation made under Factories Act.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996

These regulations impose duties on employers to provide and maintain safety signs.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety (Training for Employment) Regulations 1990

These regulations apply health and safety legislation to those undertaking work experience or who are training for employment.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Application outside Great Britain) Order 2001

This Order extends the Health and Safety at Work Act and some regulations made under the Act, beyond the mainland of Great Britain to specified offshore areas and work activities (e.g. offshore installations and windfarms).

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety Information for Employees (Modifications and Repeals) Regulations 1995

These regulations provide for the application of the 1989 regulations beyond Great Britain.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989

These regulations require employers to provide health and safety information to their employees by means of an approved poster or leaflets.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety Inquiries (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 1976

These Regulations amend the Health and Safety Inquiries (Procedure) Regulations 1975 which transferred to HSE responsibilities for farm safety.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety Inquiries (Procedure) Regulations 1975

These regulations prescribe the procedure for HSE inquiries into accidents and other matters held under section 14 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Health and Safety Licensing Appeals (Hearings Procedure) (Scotland) Rules 1974

These regulations set out the procedures to be followed in Scotland to appeals about the issue of licences made under the Health and Safety at Work etc, Act 1974.

Health and Safety Licensing Appeals (Hearings Procedure) Rules 1974

These rules prescribe the procedure for appeals from a licensing decision under section 44 HSWA.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998

These regulations impose safety requirements in relation to lifting equipment and lifting operations.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Management of Health and Safety at Work and Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

These regulations confer civil litigation rights to employers in respect of breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

These regulations require employers and the self-employed to put in place measures to manage risks to workers and others arising from their business activities.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Management of Health and Safety at Work and Fire Precautions (Workplace) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

These regulations confer civil litigation rights to employers in respect of breaches of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

These regulations require employers and the self-employed to put in place measures to manage risks to workers and others arising from their business activities.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Management of Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2006

These regulations extend protection to employees against civil claims by third parties to employees in respect of two sets of regulations.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

These regulations impose safety requirements on the manual handling of loads.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974

These regulations transfers functions of inspectors appointed under the Act to those appointed under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 (Repeals) Regulations 1975

These regulations remove duties from Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act that are covered under the Health and Safety at Work Act (eg penalisation of dangerous acts and interference with equipment).

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 etc (Repeals) Regulations 1976

These regulations repeal redundant parts of the Act as a result of the introduction of new fire safety legislation.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

These regulations require personal protective equipment to be used by workers in certain circumstances.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Police (Health and Safety) Regulations 1999 + (Commencement) Order

These regulations extend to police officers regulations made under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Pottery (Health and Welfare) Special Regulations 1950

These regulations prescribe maximum and minimum temperatures in workrooms used for making pottery.

Pottery (Health etc) (Metrication) Regulations 1982

These regulations amend 2 sets of regulations by substituting amounts expressed in metric units for amounts not so expressed., ie degrees Celsius for degrees Fahrenheit.

Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000

These regulations impose safety requirements in relation to pressure systems.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

These regulations impose health and safety requirements in relation to providing equipment for use at work.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995

These regulations require employers to report certain accidents at work and diseases contracted by persons at work to HSE or a local authority.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977

These regulations provide for the appointment of safety representatives for employees.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Work at Height Regulations 2005

These regulations impose safety requirements on working at height.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007

These amendment Regulations amend the Work at Height Regulations 2005 so as to apply those Regulations to persons whose work concerns the provision of instruction or leadership to one or more persons in connection with their engagement in caving or climbing by way of sport, recreation, team building or similar activities.

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

These regulations impose general health, safety and welfare requirements for workplaces (eg maintenance).

Read More… (opens in a new window)

Tell us what you think should happen to these regulations and why, being specific where possible:

710 responses to General health and safety in the workplace

  • Helena said on February 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    My postgraduate research has been disrupted by overzealous health and safety enforcement at the university. This has been a severe inconvenience. I was forced to fill out a 15-page “risk assessment” before going abroad to Asia, even though this is desk research with a few expert interviews in the social sciences! The university ‘Health and Safety Manager’ found a few omissions in the document and sent me an aggressive email demanding that I redo the assessment, even though I was already abroad and extremely busy. I offered to sign something declaring I will take responsibility for myself. I was refused this request and the university forced me to declare I would remain “with other staff members at all times” for the duration of my trip. I have been told to comply with this ridiculous and unrealistic request, to the detriment of my research. There is no channel with which to complain about the behaviour of the rude “jobsworth” in the admin department. We should at least be given the choice about whether to sign a simple disclaimer accepting responsibility ourselves.

  • Rob Williamson said on July 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

    HSE should produce a series of generalised Risk Assessments and policy doocuments in .doc format. This would save millions in companies trying to re-invent the wheel.

    Comment Tags: Risk Assessment

    • J Cruickshank said on July 22, 2011 at 6:43 am

      I believe that the HSE example templates are a good starter for 10. http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/casestudies/index.htm
      Whilst this does not quite cover every businesses sector yet, it is a work in progress and most businesses should be able to use these to aide in writing their own risk assessments.

      Comment Tags: Risk Assessment

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