The HSW regulations have been put in place to ensure you take care of all those you work in conjunction with - employees, contractors, clients or customers. The aim of the regulations is to reduce damage by assessing all potential risks and to create action plans for emergencies.
Compliance with industry specific regulations will normally be sufficient. However, where HSW Regulations go further than those of more specific legislation, extra measures will be required in order to comply.
Who Does it Apply to?
What the employer needs to consider:
The risks the employees are exposed to as well as the risks exposed to others. If here are any changes made within the company, the employer needs to once again review and assess risks that may occur.
When employing a young person:
The employer needs to take particular account of the inexperience, lack of awareness of risks and their immaturity. Also, the fitting-out and the layout of the workplace and workstation needs to be assessed as well as the nature, degree and duration of exposure to physical, biological and chemical agents.
The form, range, and use of work equipment and the way they are handled need to be considered. In addition to the organization of process and activities, and the extent of the health and safety training provided or that needs to be provided to a young person.
Additionally, the risks from agents, processes and work listed in the Annex Council Directive on the protection of young people at work need to be considered.
Where the employer employs 5 or more employees, he has to record:
The significant findings of his assessment and any group of his employees that are identified by it (the assessment) as being especially at risk.
Actions to Take: