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Health and Safety at Work Act

The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) is concerned with providing a legal framework with regards to health and safety in the UK.

The act places specific responsibilities on four major groupings.

Employers

Employees

Occupiers of premises

Designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers.

Under the act all employers must meet statutory duties to employees, including the production and distribution of a statement of 'safety policy' and its implication to employees. Employers must also consult with employee's representatives on health and safety issues.

There are different penalties for breaking the H and S law ranging from fines to imprisonment.

Next: The Key Parts of the Act