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Employer responsibilities

By UK law, your employers must protect your health, safety and welfare at work ensuring that the workplace is safe and free from risk to your health.

By law your employers must:

  • Keep dust, fumes and noise under control;
  • Provide protective clothing where necessary;
  • Provide you with adequate training and briefing to make sure that you know what you doing and you are not creating any risk to yourself or others;
  • Make sure that plant and machinery are safe and regularly maintained, and that the systems used in the workplace are safe;
  • Perform risk assessments on any work practices, ensuring that if there is any risk it will be reduced to a minimum or removed;
  • Take precautions against fire and provide adequate means of escape and means of fighting fire;
  • Provide adequate first aid equipment and facilities;
  • Report certain diseases and injuries to the relevant authority.


More information about health and safety law is set in HSE publications.

Some of those publications and leaflets can be downloaded from HSE website www.hse.go.uk