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employer responsibilities & duties

The law requires employers to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers, including temps and contractors, and also of members of the public visiting their premises.

  • Am I protected by health and safety laws?  more...
  • What are my employer's responsibilities?  more...
  • What are the main health and safety laws?  more...
  • What is the Health and Safety at Work Act?  more...
  • What are my employer's duties under the Health and Safety at Work Act?  more...
  • I work on a contract. Do I have health and safety rights?  more...
  • Do expectant mothers have special protection?  more...
  • Do young workers have special protection?  more...
  • What is the Health and Safety Executive?  more...
  • What are safety regulations?  more...
  • What are Approved Codes of Practice?  more...
  • What is 'Guidance'?  more...
  • What is the 'six-pack'?  more...
  • What are the main health and safety Regulations?  more...
  • What do I do if I have an accident?  more...
  • Where can I get help?  more...

further information

The TUC's health and safety web pages have detailed information on a range of health and safety issues, and on health and safety law The full text of the health and safety guide, Hazards at work is available online, or to purchase as a book.

The Health and Safety Executive website has information for employers and employees including statistics, guides, advice and examples of good practice, and leaflets on health and safety law in a range of languages.