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The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, 1998
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Introduction Guidance to the provision and use of work equipment regulations of 1998, emphasises that the risk assessments made under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, will help employers select suitable work equipment. Requirements on employers Regulation … Read More

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations, 1992
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Introduction In the context of the manual handling operations regulations of 1992, the term manual handling refers to any the transportation of supporting of loads. This includes: Lifting Putting down Pushing Pulling Carrying Or moving, either by hand or bodily … Read More

Health and Safety at Work Act
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A brief history In 1802, the first factories act was passed. Since then there have been many more pieces of legislation passed. In the 1960’s, health and safety at work was controlled by nine main sets of legislation. These were … Read More

The Legal Framework
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Introduction The legal framework for health and safety revolves around enforcement, which has a wide meaning. The term enforcement applies to all dealings between the enforcing authorities. and those on whom the law implies duties. (i.e. employers, employees, contractors and … Read More

Criminal Law vs Civil Law
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Introduction The key differences between criminal law and civil law are: Criminal law is concerned with offences / crimes against the state Civil law is concerned with the rights and duties of individuals towards each other. Court structure Another key … Read More

Absolute and Qualified Duties
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Introduction In terms of health and safety, absolute duties are never phrased as X to do Y. But rather, absolute duties are expressed by the term “shall”. Absolute duties must be complied with. Even if that means that an activity … Read More

Guidance Notes
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Introduction Unlike approved codes of practice, guidance notes are purely advisory and therefore have no legal significance. Issued by the health and safety executive, guidance notes are a series of further documents used to share practical experience. Seen as invaluable … Read More

Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP)
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Introduction In the UK, the health and safety executive has the power to issues approved codes of practice (ACOP). The purpose of an ACOP is to provide guidance on compliance with the law. Statute law A statute is an act … Read More

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