Higher risk workplaces


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These regulations aim to protect those working in industries such as construction, waste and recycling and certain areas of manufacturing, as they may be at higher risk of accidents.

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You can find all the regulations that relate to Higher risk workplaces below to the left.

Agriculture (Metrication) Regulations 1981

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

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Agriculture (Safety, Health and Welfare Provisions) Act 1956 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1975

These regulations are largely repealed except for provisions relating to the creation of offences, the conduct of inquests and the making of the Agriculture (Tractor Cabs) Regulations 1974.

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Agriculture (Tractor Cabs) (Amendment) Regulations 1990

These regulations impose requirements for new tractors to have an approved safety cab.

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Agriculture (Tractor Cabs) Regulations 1974

These regulations revoke and consolidate earlier legislation regarding the fitting of safety cabs to tractors.

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007

These regulations impose duties on clients and contractors in relation to construction work.

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Construction (Head Protection) Regulations 1989

These regulations require that suitable head protection is provided to and worn by those working in construction.

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Diving at Work Regulations 1997

These regulations impose requirements and prohibitions on diving contractors.

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Docks Regulations 1988

These regulations impose health, safety and welfare requirements with respect to dock operations.

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Docks, Shipbuilding etc (Metrication) Regulations 1983

These regulations substitute metric units for imperial units.

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Freight Containers (Safety Convention) Regulations 1984

These Regulations require owners, lessees and others in control of freight containers used at work to comply with conditions of use.

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Health and Safety (Agriculture) (Miscellaneous Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1976

The regulations are a consequence of the amendment of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 by the Employment Protection Act 1975 and transfer responsibility for farm safety to the HSE from MAFF (Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) (or in Scotland, from the Secretary of State).

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Health and Safety (Foundries etc) (Metrication) Regulations 1981

These regulations have no effect as the provisions in the various regulations to which these regulations applied have been revoked.

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Loading and Unloading of Fishing Vessels Regulations 1988

These regulations are intended to ensure that fishing vessels have safe means of access and are safe places of work.

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Non-ferrous Metals (Melting and Founding) Regulations 1962

These regulations impose safety requirements on the casting of metals into moulds.

Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes (Amendment) Regulations 2010

These regulations amend the Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations 2010 to correct a drafting error.

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Notification of Conventional Tower Cranes Regulations 2010

These regulations require an employer to notify HSE of the erection of a conventional tower crane on a construction site within 14 days of its initial thorough examination.

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Prevention of Accidents to Children in Agriculture Regulations 1998

These Regulations prohibit the riding by a child on certain classes of vehicle or machine used in agricultural operations.

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Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Regulations 1960

These regulations impose safety requirements in relation to shipbuilding and ship-repairing.

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Work in Compressed Air Regulations 1996

These Regulations impose requirements and prohibitions with respect to the health, safety and welfare of persons who work in compressed air.

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

163 responses to Higher risk workplaces

  • Sergio Mckenzie said on February 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    regulation does and all will reduce costs to companies on a short term basis, however over a long term view, whats the affect going to be. Does research not show deregulation can end up costing companies. The governemnt will save money through deregulation, however what will be saved by business

  • Howard Sherwood said on February 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    The CDM regulations appear to be with us for good. However many schemes can be speculative with the achievment of planning permission being the primary aim of the client. The site with permission obtained would then be disposed of (often after a considerably long period of time) for development by others. The requirement for the project to be to be notifiable within Stage C is unrealistic. It could be better taken to RIBA Stage D – Application for detailed planning permission. Many projects may also ‘rest’ after obtaining planning approval and may be reviewed or amended after permission is granted and the client reviews their intention for the site. Making the project notifiable after Stage D would streamline this process and implement its procedure when it is really needed in the completion of detailed design and pre-construction phase. It should be noted that the RIBA Work Stages 2007 states Stage D as Application for detailed Planning Permission and Stage E Technical Design – Preparation of technical design(s) and specifications, sufficient to co-ordinate components and elements of the project and information for statutory standards and construction safety.

  • Ed Miliband said on March 1, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Scrap all regulations NOW for the benefit of us all

  • John Wrightson said on January 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    The problems in the construction industry tend not to be with the CDM regulations, as such but with their implementation. The tier one contractor level tends to be much better with in their safety record when compared with the lower lesser regulated end of the industry. The notion of CDM hardly enters the mindset of the one time developer or landlord converting a house into student lets, and H&S is barely adhered to.
    The notion of ‘common sense’ is one bandied about all too frequently but who defines what this is, what is common sense to me might seem brand new to some working out of the back of their van or on a customers roof. Which maybe why there is a certain ‘woolyness’ and grey areas in the legislation that leave room for interpretation or misinterpretation.

  • Ian Hunter said on August 15, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I think this piece of legislation needs to be simplified. It is obviously important that people are kept as safe as possible when they are at work but the complexity in keeping completely compliant is difficult and costly for employers. The rules and regulations need to be simplifed to make it easier for small buisnesses to be compliant. Common sense needs to be added to lots of Health and Safety legislation to make it workable.

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  • John Rabone said on August 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I am 67 years young and been teaching since 1985. I was bought up on the old Imperial system but realised when the Metric system was implemented how much easier it is. Why do some people have to be so stuck in their ways. Let’s have one simple system which most of the world (except USA but even they are changing!) use. Just because we are an island doesn’t mean we must be isolated!

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  • John Rabone said on August 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    The DWR 97 transformed diving operations but can never stop accidents. The ACoPs also help tremendously but having been involved in training commercial divers and related personnel since 1985 I believe the ACoPs need more clarity – they are too open to interpretation which also leads to cutting corners and thus accidents and/or injuries. Other countries have copied & interpreted our Regulations but have added more clarity which I belive we should also do.

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