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Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Section 2(3)

This places an absolute duty on certain employers to identify, in writing, their...

  • General Policy - regarding the health and safety at work of their employees;
  • Organisation - (i.e. people with specific responsibilities to effect the policy); and
  • Arrangements - (i.e. detail on what will be done, how, where and when to effect the policy).

 

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The reality of this as regards an explicit duty for employers to investigate both accidents and near-misses comes by way of a simple clarification of the word...Read More

 

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The Full Text of s.2(3) is...

Except in such cases as may be prescribed, it shall be the duty of every employer to prepare, and as often as may be appropriate revise, a written statement of his general policy with respect to the health and safety at work of his employees and the organisation and arrangements for the time being in force for carrying out that policy, and to bring the statement and any revision of it to the notice of all of his employees”

The prescribed exceptions come by way of The Employers' Health and Safety Policy Statements (Exception) Regulations 1975 SI 1975/1584 which require written Policies etc from employers with five or more employees.