Employee Safety, Health, and Welfare Law

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University of Phoenix-Baton Rouge CampusThe purpose of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) is to promote and encourage high standards of health and safety at work. This consists of almost everyone including the public where he or she is affected by what goes on at work. Employers must make sure that they look after health, safety, and welfare of the people who work for them. In addition to avoiding injury to themselves or anyone else by what he or she do at work. These general duties form the framework for all subsequent welfares of the health and safety regulations. This document will show the correlation in and surrounding the workplace environment, who are obligated under this Act, the enforcement and penalties, and how the Act evolved from organized labor to a widespread application.

To what end do employment agencies adopt policies on all matters of health and safety that are compatible with the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974? The answer to this question can be found in the article, Your Health at Work (2000), which states:The employer's duties are to ensure, "so far as is reasonably practicable" the health, safety and welfare of workers, including stress at work.

This has to be done by carrying out a risk assessment, consulting the safety and safety committees, providing information, instruction and training to workers and others who are in a contractual relationship. Compliance with some Regulations is absolute and not constrained by the "practicability" provision.

The health and safety law creates rights and obligations on employers and workers and protection extends beyond an employer's own employees to other workers and visitors on the employer's premises. The following, are some examples of areas of work and matters which come within the realm of health and...