Key Legislation
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As an industry-leader in providing inspection, testing and certification service, we understand that the relevant legislation relating to equipment within the workplace can be complex and difficult to understand.

However, our team of  technical experts are here to support you, offering advice on your legal requirements and keep you compliant with health and safety law.

The Key Health and Safety Legislation:

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HASAWA)

The primary law on health and safety in the workplace sets out the requirements of employers and their general duties to protect health, safety and employee welfare in the workplace.

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

LOLER covers people and companies who own, or have control over, lifting equipment. It states all lifting must be properly planned and appropriately supervised by a competent person. It also requires all equipment to be suitably marked and thoroughly examined by a ‘competent person’.

Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR)

PSSR covers the safe design and use of pressure systems. It places responsibility on duty holders including users, owners, competent persons, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers and installers of pressure systems.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

PUWER requires that equipment provided for use at work is suitable and safe for their intended purpose and maintained in a safe condition. They must be regularly inspected, used only by those with adequate information, instruction or training and protected by approved devices/controls.

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

Many businesses use substances, or a mixture of substances, that can be dangerous. COSHH covers the safe handling of these substances and the rules on exhaust ventilation to limit exposure.

Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (Amended in 2011)

All new machinery covered by these regulations has to be designed and constructed to meet common minimum European safety requirements. This is certified by a CE mark on the equipment and a Declaration of Conformity issued by the manufacturer, or other Responsible Person.

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR)

EAWR requires that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition to prevent danger.

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSWR)

The MHSWR places duties on employers to undertake an assessment of the risks to their employees (and others) who may be affected by their work using the General Principles of Prevention. They were introduced to reinforce the HASAWA.

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (The Workplace Regulations)

An extension of the HASAWA covering the responsibilities of employers, owners, landlords or managing agents of business premises on issues of ventilation, temperature, lighting, cleanliness, room dimensions, workstations & seating and floor conditions etc.

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