The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. It’s sometimes referred to as HSWA, the HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA.
It sets out the general duties which:
- employers have towards employees and members of the public
- employees have to themselves and to each other
- certain self-employed have towards themselves and others
Why is health and safety training important?
Over 200 people are killed each year in accidents at work and over one million people are injured. Over two million suffer illnesses caused by, or made worse by, their work. Preventing accidents and ill health through caused by work through Health and Safety Training should be a key priority for everyone at work.
Providing health & safety training helps you to:
- Ensure you or your employees are not injured or made ill by the work they do;
- Develop a positive H & S culture, where safe & healthy working becomes second nature to everyone;
- Meet your legal duty to protect the health & safety of your employees.
- Will contribute towards making your employees competent in H & S.
- Can help your business avoid the distress that accidents and ill health cause;
- Can help you avoid the financial costs of accidents & occupational ill health.
- Can help you manage manage Health and Safety;
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