Health & Safety
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Environment Agency

Responsible for enforcing the majority of environmental legislation in England and Wales. Also provides free advice on environmental best practice and produces free guidance leaflets and booklets.

Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

Responsible for enforcing health and safety law in the UK. Provides guidance on complying with safety law, and offers advice on occupational health issues through the Employment Medical Advisory Service (EMAS) – which can be contacted through local HSE offices.

Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

Responsible for enforcing health and safety law in Northern Ireland.

HSE Infoline

Free guidance on health and safety at work issues.

HSE Statistical Services

Fact sheets on work-related injuries and ill health.

Incident Contact Centre

National centre for employers in England, Scotland and Wales to report RIDDOR accidents, cases of ill health and dangerous occurrences.

Managing Health & Safety
Managing your workplace

You must manage the health and safety risks in your workplace. To do this you need to think about what in your business might cause harm to people and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent that harm. This is known as a risk assessment. Once you have identified the hazards, you need to decide how to control them and put in the appropriate risk control measures.

A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the hazards in your workplace. The law does not expect you to remove all hazards and risks, but to protect people by putting in place measures to control them so far as is reasonably practicable. You are probably already taking steps to protect your employees, but your risk assessment will tell you whether you should be doing more.

Flood Plan Template - Size: 41Kb Download
List of Possible Hazards in the Workplace - Size: 25Kb Download
Humidifier fever Guidance Document - Size: 161Kb Download
NetRegs - Environmental guidance for your business

NetRegs provides free environmental guidance for small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. Help with understanding what you need to do to comply with environmental legislation and protect the environment. Save money by showing ways to use your resources more efficiently.

Safety signs & signals

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 apply to all premises and activities where workers are employed. The Regulations require employers to ensure that safety signs are provided (or are in place) and maintained in circumstances where risks to health and safety have not been avoided by other means, e.g. engineering controls or safe systems of work. Employers will need to take into account the results of risk assessments made under the Management Regulations.

Smoke-free workplaces

Regulations made under the Health Act 2006 came into effect in 2007. The new laws created the need for a 'smoke-free' environment in public areas and where anyone is at work in an enclosed or substantially enclosed workspace and this includes virtually all enclosed places of work including vehicles. They also required signage at all entrances to enclosed and substantially enclosed areas including businesses that were already smoke-free before this date.

On 1 October 2012 new smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2012 came into effect which simplified the sign requirements for both smoke-free areas and vehicles.  From this date the requirement is that at least one legible no-smoking sign must be displayed in smoke-free vehicles, premises or areas.

The Stationery Office

Produces publications including health and safety and environmental regulations.

Disclaimer: Remember, Health and Safety Online is intended as a useful tool in any health and safety matters, and not as stand-alone advice. The information and any commentary in the law contained in these documents is provided for information purposes only. Every reasonable effort is made to make the information and commentary accurate and up to date, but no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by the BPIF.

You might also be interested in:
  • Becoming Compliant Our step by step guide to helping you become compliant.
  • Our Advisers are industry experts Our Advisers understand your business and how to ensure you meet key health and safety requirements.
  • We can assess the health of your business We can tell you how your business is performing and how it compares with current UK health and safety legislation with a BPIF Healthcheck.
  • Stamp your business with a BPIF H&S Seal of Excellence Once you have assessed where your company is at we can help you achieve and be recognised for excellence.
  • Legislation & Prosecutions The Legal Register is a list of legislation applicable to the Printing Industry, it offers you a way to keep up to date with environmental and health & safety changes.
  • Docs & Guidance We have a wealth of online templates you can use. From draft policies to checklists and guidance, as a member you are entitled to use these all for your business.
  • Safety Communications Free resources to help your teams engage better with Health and Safety. Download our posters for your workplace or read about how you can make a Tool Box Talk work for you.
  • Compliance Planner Introducing the Compliance Planner, a tool designed to help you stay on top of all your business's legal requirements, and more, to ensure you're always up to date and following best practice.
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