UK Health & Safety Legislation – Does it apply to you?
It does if you answer yes to at least one of these questions:
Are you self-employed?
A sub contractor?
Do you design, manufacture or supply goods to be used in the workplace?
Do you own or rent premises which are used by others as a workplace?
Your Duty As An Employer
Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981, states that ‘An employer shall provide, or ensure that there is provided, such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances, for enabling first-aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work.’
Your Duty As A Self Employed Person
Section 5 of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, states that ‘A self employed person shall provide, or ensure that there is provided, such equipment, if any is adequate and appropriate in the circumstances to enable him to render first-aid to himself while he is at work.’
Category of Risk
Low Risk eg certain shops, offices, libraries.
Medium Risk eg light engineering & assembly work, warehousing.
High Risk eg Industry, slaughterhouse, chemical manufacturers, extensive work with dangerous machinery or sharp instruments.