LRD Booklets July 2015

Health and safety law 2015

Introduction

Introduction [pages 9-12] (1,247 words)

This latest edition of the Labour Research Department’s annual guide to health and safety law, Health and Safety Law 2015, sets out the law using ...
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Chapter 1

1. The structure of health and safety law [ch 1: page 13] (174 words)

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The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 [ch 1: pages 13-16] (1,376 words)

The European Union (EU) and UK health and safety legislation [ch 1: pages 16-17] (495 words)

Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance [ch 1: pages 17-18] (239 words)

Health and safety reviews under the coalition government [ch 1: pages 18-20] (701 words)

Review of all Approved Codes of Practice [ch 1: pages 20-21] (328 words)

New regulations [ch 1: pages 21-23] (819 words)

Common law [ch 1: page 23] (325 words)

Chapter 2

2. The health and safety inspection and enforcement regime [ch 2: page 24] (275 words)

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Enforcement agencies and regulators [ch 2: pages 24-25] (342 words)

Workplace inspections [ch 2: pages 25-26] (283 words)

National Enforcement Code [ch 2: pages 26-27] (414 words)

HSE inspection blitzes [ch 2: page 27] (160 words)

Proactive inspection cuts [ch 2: pages 27-28] (217 words)

Targeted enforcement [ch 2: page 28] (269 words)

Regulators’ “growth duty” [ch 2: pages 28-29] (76 words)

The Regulators’ Code [ch 2: page 29] (103 words)

Paying for enforcement — fee for intervention [ch 2: pages 29-30] (687 words)

Penalties — notices and fines [ch 2: pages 30-32] (900 words)

HSE Enforcement Policy Statement [ch 2: page 33] (102 words)

Investigating work-related deaths [ch 2: page 33] (99 words)

Corporate manslaughter [ch 2: pages 33-37] (1,787 words)

Individual manslaughter convictions and prison sentences [ch 2: pages 37-38] (424 words)

Crown immunity [ch 2: page 38] (108 words)

Chapter 3

3. The management of health and safety at work [ch 3: page 39] (47 words)

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The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 [ch 3: page 39] (63 words)

Risk assessments [ch 3: pages 39-41] (980 words)

The Management Regulations — how to approach workplace risk [ch 3: pages 41-42] (132 words)

Health and safety arrangements [ch 3: page 42] (64 words)

Health surveillance [ch 3: page 42] (142 words)

Appointment of safety specialists [ch 3: page 42] (72 words)

Procedures for serious and imminent danger [ch 3: page 43] (243 words)

Information and training [ch 3: pages 43-44] (463 words)

Co-operation and co-ordination [ch 3: page 45] (47 words)

Temporary workers [ch 3: page 45] (102 words)

New and expectant mothers [ch 3: pages 45-49] (1,318 words)

Young workers [ch 3: pages 48-49] (292 words)

HSE guidance on the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations [ch 3: pages 49-50 ] (252 words)

Chapter 4

4. Safety reps, safety committees and taking action on health and safety [ch 4: page 51] (197 words)

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The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 [ch 4: pages 51-52] (184 words)

Appointing safety reps [ch 4: page 52] (375 words)

Safety reps’ functions [ch 4: page 53] (106 words)

Consultation [ch 4: pages 53-54] (260 words)

Facilities for safety reps [ch 4: page 54] (179 words)

Government attacks on facility time [ch 4: pages 54-55] (280 words)

Safety reps’ legal rights to paid time off [ch 4: pages 55-56] (651 words)

Right to information [ch 4: pages 56-57] (225 words)

Safety committees [ch 4: page 57] (129 words)

Enforcement of the Safety Reps and Safety Committees Regulations [ch 4: pages 57-58] (122 words)

Advice to safety reps on reporting health and safety problems to the HSE [ch 4: page 58] (284 words)

Employee consultation where there is no union recognition [ch 4: pages 58-59] (132 words)

Extending the scope for safety reps to act for all staff regardless of union membership [ch 4: page 59] (172 words)

Scope of obligation [ch 4: page 59] (97 words)

The need for stronger regulations [ch 4: pages 59-60] (164 words)

Legal protection for safety reps and other workers who take action [ch 4: pags 60] (190 words)

Where dismissal is automatically unfair [ch 4: pages 60-63] (1,093 words)

Reinstatement [ch 4: page 63] (164 words)

Compensation [ch 4: page 63] (79 words)

Whistleblowing — the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 [ch 4: pages 63-65] (920 words)

Interim relief [ch 4: pages 65-66] (326 words)

Changes to the tribunal system [ch 4: pages 66-67] (511 words)

Anti-blacklisting regulations [ch 4: pages 67-69] (662 words)

European developments in the anti-blacklisting campaign [ch 4: page 69] (129 words)

The campaign for justice for blacklisted workers [ch 4: pages 69-70] (415 words)

Chapter 5

5. The workplace and the working environment [ch 5: page 71] (289 words)

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Regulation of minimum standards for the workplace [ch 5: pages 71-72] (204 words)

Stability and solidity [ch 5: page 72] (73 words)

Maintenance [ch 5: page 72] (57 words)

Ventilation [ch 5: page 72] (133 words)

Temperature [ch 5: page 73] (380 words)

Lighting [ch 5: page 74] (113 words)

Cleanliness [ch 5: page 74] (35 words)

Space [ch 5: page 74] (148 words)

Workstations and seating [ch 5: page 74] (92 words)

Condition of floors [ch 5: page 75] (72 words)

Falls or falling objects [ch 5: page 75] (60 words)

Transparent surfaces and windows [ch 5: page 75] (66 words)

Doors and gates [ch 5: page 75] (27 words)

Organisation of traffic routes [ch 5: page 75] (63 words)

Escalators and moving walkways [ch 5: page 75] (30 words)

Sanitary, washing and drinking facilities [ch 5: pages 75-77] (538 words)

Clothing and changing [ch 5: page 77] (292 words)

Rest and eating facilities. [ch 5: pages 77-78] (167 words)

Disabled workers [ch 5: page 78] (47 words)

Pregnancy and breastfeeding [ch 5: page 78] (217 words)

Smoking [ch 5: pages 78-81] (1,177 words)

Driving at work [ch 5: pages 81-82] (304 words)

Mobile phones [ch 5: pages 82-83] (297 words)

Drug-driving limits [ch 5: pages 83-84] (587 words)

Driving vision [ch 5: pages 84-85] (199 words)

Epilepsy and driving vision medical standards [ch 5: page 85] (69 words)

Driving with diabetes [ch 5: page 85] (87 words)

Legislation covering particular industries [ch 5: pages 85] (114 words)

Construction [ch 5: pages 86-87] (517 words)

Mines [ch 5: page 88] (326 words)

Diving [ch 5: page 88] (56 words)

Quarries [ch 5: page 89] (46 words)

Offshore [ch 5: page 89] (331 words)

Railways [ch 5: page 90] (116 words)

Maritime safety [ch 5: page 90] (183 words)

Chapter 6

6. Hazardous substances [ch 6: pages 91-92] (379 words)

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Control of substances hazardous to health [ch 6: pages 92-95] (1,396 words)

COSHH Approved Code of Practice [ch 6: page 95] (169 words)

Asthma Code of Practice and guidance [ch 6: page 96] (205 words)

Dust [ch 6: pages 96-97] (402 words)

Legionnaires’ disease [ch 6: pages 97-98] (456 words)

Needlestick or sharps injuries [ch 6: pages 98-99] (160 words)

Dermatitis and other skin conditions [ch 6: pages 99-100] (539 words)

Chemicals information and packaging [ch 6: pages 100-101] (294 words)

European chemicals strategy (REACH) [ch 6: pages 101-102 ] (372 words)

Major accident hazards [ch 6: pages 103-105] (830 words)

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 [ch 6: pages 105-107] (721 words)

Asbestos [ch 6: pages 107-113] (2,518 words)

Lead [ch 6: pages 113-115] (721 words)

Transport of dangerous goods [ch 6: page 115] (92 words)

Genetically Modified Organisms [ch 6: pages 115-116] (356 words)

Chapter 7

7. Equipment at Work [ch 7: page 117] (105 words)

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Display screen equipment [ch 7: pages 117-119] (1,082 words)

Machinery and other equipment [ch 7: pages 120-121] (883 words)

Work Equipment ACoPs [ch 7: pages 121-122] (274 words)

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 [ch 7: pages 122-123] (207 words)

Work at height [ch 7: pages 123-124] (470 words)

Personal protective equipment [ch 7: pages 124-128] (1,659 words)

Chapter 8

8. Physical hazards at work [ch 8: page 129] (134 words)

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Manual handling [ch 8: pages 129-132] (1,202 words)

Fire [ch 8: pages 132-135] (1,145 words)

Noise [ch 8: pages 135-140] (1,703 words)

Vibration [ch 8: pages 140-141] (438 words)

Radiation [ch 8: pages 141-146] (1,747 words)

Electricity [ch 8: pages 146-147] (567 words)

Gas [ch 8: pages 147-149] (815 words)

Chapter 9

9. Hours of work [ch 9: page 150] (222 words)

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Working Time Regulations [ch 9: page 150] (119 words)

Working time under the WTR Regulations [ch 9: pages 151-152] (822 words)

Who the Working Time Regulations apply to [ch 9: pages 153-156] (1,573 words)

The maximum working week [ch 9: pages 156-159] (1,326 words)

Night work [ch 9: pages 159-161] (896 words)

Rest [ch 9: pages 161-164] (1,009 words)

Holidays [ch 9: pages 164-169] (2,503 words)

Agency workers’ enhanced rights [ch 9: page 169] (104 words)

Collective and workforce agreements [ch 9: pages 169-170] (56 words)

Enforcement [ch 9: page 170] (209 words)

Protection against detrimental treatment [ch 9: page 170] (177 words)

Chapter 10

10. Occupational health, information and reporting [ch 10: page 171] (53 words)

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Recording and reporting accidents [ch 10: pages 171-174] (1,086 words)

Statistics on death and injury and work [ch 10: pages 174-175] (657 words)

Accident investigation [ch 10: pages 176] (207 words)

The Employment Practices Data Protection Code [ch 10: pages 176-177] (393 words)

Ban on pre-employment health checks [ch 10: pages 177-178] (139 words)

First aid [ch 10: pages 178-180] (927 words)

Occupational health [ch 10: pages 180-182] (830 words)

Fit notes [ch 10: pages 182-183] (582 words)

HSE advice on returning to work following long-term sickness absence [ch 10: pages 183-184] (176 words)

Chapter 11

11. Stress, bullying, harassment and violence [ch 11: page 185] (82 words)

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Stress [ch 11: pages 184-190] (2,034 words)

Bullying and harassment [ch 11: pages 190-193] (1,208 words)

Violence [ch 11: pages 193-197] (1,751 words)

Chapter 12

12. Exempting the self-employed from health and safety law [ch 12: pages 198-201] (1,315 words)

In March 2015, both Houses of Parliament agreed the text of the Deregulation Bill. The Bill was to have scrapped health and safety rules for ...
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Further information

Further information (502 words)

All regulations made since 1988 can be downloaded from the website at: www.legislation.gov.uk ...
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