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Health and Safety At

Work

Introduction and Key


Words
Health and Safety At
Work

Introduction and Key


Words
Health and Safety At
Work Key Words
Health and Safety at Work
Rights and responsibilities Law; legal and rules
Act

Personal Protective
Employers and employees Hazard and risk Equipment

Health and safety signs


The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.


The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (also referred to as
HSWA, the HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA) is the primary piece of
legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain

It places a duty on all employers "to ensure, so far


as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety
and welfare at work" of all their employees.
Employees Rights and Responsibilities

All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their


health and safety are properly controlled.
Employees have a right to be consulted with by their employer, or
their representatives, on health and safety matters.

Both employers and employees have particular responsibilities for


looking after safety and health in the workplace.
This is known as duty of care. You need to be familiar with those
responsibilities.

Employees have to take care not to injure others, including


members of the public.
Employers Responsibilities

Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for ensuring
workplace safety is down to employers.
Employers have a duty to consult with their employees, or their
representatives, on health and safety matters.

Employers have to provide safety clothing and equipment, make sure all
places of work are safe and that no one is injured, including members of
the public.
Hazards and Risks

Hazard: a danger Risk: chances of


what could an accident
cause an accident happening
Employers must
carry out
workplace risk
assessments
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Health and Safety Signs

Employers have a duty to display health and safety


signs.

Warning signs
Mandatory signs
Prohibition signs
Safe information signs
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Employers have a duty to provide PPE. For example:

Wear gloves Wear ear defenders Wear hard hat Wear overalls
First Aid

Employers have a duty to provide first aid facilities

Employers have to carry out a needs assessment for first aid

If needed there should be qualified first aiders or appointed persons

There should be an adequate first aid box

An employer should display first aid signs


Health and Safety Executive
(HSE)
The HSE polices health and safety

HSE inspectors have the power to issue improvement and prohibition notices,
and can bring prosecutions against any person contravening a relevant
statutory provision.
Health and Safety At
Work

Task One
Match key words with
definitions
Key Word Definition
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in all
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happening
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and
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provided by an employer
Health and Safety At
Work
Task Two
Read the scenarios and
answer the questions
Read the case studies below and answer the questions that follow.

Alal is injured at work in a caf kitchen when he slips on a wet floor.


Someone else has spilled soup on it and no warning sign had been put
up.

Who is responsible for this accident and


Alals injuries?

Would your answer be different if Alal had spilled the


soup and then left it there before slipping later?
Amy is working as a road digger. She falls over and cuts her head
open. She had been given a hard hat to wear by her employer, but
she didnt wear it. Who is responsible for the accident and injury?

Who is responsible for this accident and


Amys injuries?

Would your answer be different if Amy hadnt been


provided with a hard hat?
Debbie works in a warehouse. She lifts a large and heavy case of nails.
It falls on her toes, most of which get broken. She should have worn
steel toecap boots, but she was not given any by her employer.

Who is responsible for this accident and


Debbies injuries?

Would your answer be different if Debbie had been


given boots but had left them at home?
Health and Safety At
Work
Task Three
Use key words to fill in the
gaps in the text
personal protective equipment hazards employers boots

risk accidents responsibilities bosses workers

rights duty law Health and Safety at Work Act

Everyone at work has _______ and ____________________. This includes both _____________ and
_________.

Everyone at work must obey the _____ and follow the rules about health and safety in the workplace.
These rules are set out in the _______________________________ (1974), a law about health and safety.

All workers and _______________ must notice _______________ or dangers at work.

They also must make sure that the _______ of ___________________ happening are reduced. It is
everyones _______ to try to prevent accidents.

A worker also has ___________ at work. These include being trained to do the job and been given
proper ____________________________ .

Personal protective equipment includes hard hats, steel toe cap _______ and safety goggles.