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CDM 2015
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The legal requirements placed on a client and their contractors is covered under the construction (design and management) regulations. More commonly known as CDM regulations 2015. Under regulation 8 of CDM 2015, duties are imposed on: Clients The principal designer … Read More

The Six Pack
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The health and safety at work act of 1974 places general duties on employers. These duties require employers to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees. So far as is reasonably practicable. Further legislation has reinforced this duty … 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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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 others) … Read More

Criminal Law vs Civil Law
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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 difference … Read More

Absolute and Qualified Duties
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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 can … Read More

Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP)
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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 of … Read More

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