The Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 is the primary piece of legislation covering work-related health and safety in Northern Ireland. It sets out a lot of the employer's responsibilities for health and safety at work. Under this legislation, employers have responsibilities for the health and safety of their employees and any visitors to their premises such as customers, suppliers and the general public. As well as these duties, there are regulations to deal with particular hazards and for industries where hazards are particularly high, such as lead, asbestos, chemicals, construction work, and gas safety.
Your employer has a "duty of care" to make sure, as far as possible, your health, safety and welfare while you're at work. They should start with a risk assessment to spot possible health and safety hazards.
They have to appoint a "competent person" with health and safety responsibilities usually one of the owners in smaller firms, or a member of staff trained in health and safety.
For businesses employing five or more people, there must also be:
All employers, whatever the size of the business, must:
So that the work premises provide a safe and healthy place to work, your employer should:
There is a legal obligation to report certain types of the incident in the workplace to the relevant authorities. Employers, self-employed people, and people in control of premises have a legal duty to report the following:
OH&S Risk Assessments
Policies and Procedures
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