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Health & Safety at Work/key card

Key Points

  • UK Health and Safety statutes, rules, Codes of Practice and regulations form a mishmash system which has grown and grown over the years. Attempts are made from time to time to pull the system together into one comprehensive code, with varying degrees of success. The most recent of these was the Health and Safety at Work 1974.
  • The various regulations which have been made and updated since then are the attempt to regulate the way in which health & safety is organised and managed in the workplace in the UK.
  • The regulations which are of greatest importance to employers in standard workplace environments (i.e. not factories, mines, ships etc) include Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations SI 1999/3242 , The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 SI 1992/3004 and The Working Time Regulations 1998 SI 1998/1833
  • Brexit effect - unless otherwise stated, the position in relation to any EU legislation and decisions as set out in this card is as it was understood at the end of the transition period on 31st December 2020. For information on the status of EU decisions and legislation as of 31st December 2020 please see Statement on impact of Brexit on Emplaw Online content

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