New help is available for employers on how to protect the health, safety and welfare of their workers.
The guidance, published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), follows consultation on the Workplace Regulations Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) (L24).
It also aims to make it easier for building owners, landlords and managing agents to understand and meet their legal obligations and so cut the risks of over compliance.
Personal injury claims
Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their staff in the workplace. If they fail to do this, workers could end up seeking compensation through personal injury claims in the event of an accident.
But everyone has to comply with the law, including employees, trainees, suppliers, designers, the self-employed, importers of work equipment and manufacturers.
If you have an accident that wasn’t your fault, however, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
This is where Accident Advice Helpline can lend a hand. It specialises in helping people get the money they deserve, whatever the circumstances.
The ACOP was one of several codes of practice that were identified for review and revision, consolidation or withdrawal in line with a recommendation by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt in his report Reclaiming health and safety for all.
“Across HSE we are working hard to ensure that employers have access to good quality advice which makes clear what they need to do to protect workers,” explained HSE spokesman Chris Rowe.
“The revised ACOP has not only been updated, it will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on key issues such as temperature, cleanliness, workstations and seating, toilets and washing facilities.”
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces.
Exceptions include construction sites, working in or on a ship and mines below ground.
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