Health and Safety

Employers have a duty to protect: their employees, and in some cases others, including members of the public, who may be affected by the work done.

Self-employed people also have duties to protect themselves and others.

Applicable regulations include:

  • Health and Safety management
  • Work equipment safety
  • Manual handling of loads
  • Workplace conditions
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Display screen equipment

Employers with five or more employees must have a written Health and Safety Policy Statement.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

These regulations set out general duties applying to most work activities, including amendments to the 1992 Regulations.

The aim is to improve Health and Safety Management and encourage a systematic approach. In addition, the regulations emphasize the importance of applying a hierarchy of control measures and clarify the position in relations to access to competent H&S advice. The presumption there is that H&S competency should be in-house first.

Requirements include:

  • Assess the risk to Health and Safety in order to identify necessary preventative and protective measures. (Employers with five or more employees have to record the significant findings)
  • Make arrangements implementing measures that follow from the risk assessment.
  • Ensure that employees have adequate Health & Safety training and are sufficiently competent to avoid risks.

These general duties can run parallel with other Health & Safety Regulations but duplication is not necessary, e.g. a COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Risk Assessment does not have to be repeated to comply with Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

Safety Guides

There are a number of practical leaflets, revised by the Health and Safety Executive's Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group which are available from the HSE free of charge here.  Examples include chainsaw work, extraction work and the handling of vehicles such as tractors and ATV quad bikes.