Statutory Requirments

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

Employers must:

Ensure a safe working environment
Provide safe and adequate equipment
Provide information, training, instruction and supervision

Employee:

Has a duty to take reasonable care of their own health and safety
Has a duty of care to other employees, clients, visitors etc
Must co-operate with the employer in performing duties under the act

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

Under the regulations, employers and senior managers have a legal duty to provide guidance to their staff in safe handling techniques. Employers face prosecution if they fail to identify and assess risks to staff and do not take the necessary preventative measures.

Employees must:

Obey reasonable and lawful instruction
Act with reasonable care and skill
Use professional judgement to decide if a move is safe
Report concerns to the appropriate person or authority

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