Health And Safety Legislation

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Managing Activities – Assignment 2

Health and Safety Legislation

There are three main pieces of legislation that cover health and safety in the workplace. They are;

• Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
• Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
• Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

The Health and Safety at Work Act puts duty on the employers "to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work" (legislation.gov.uk). For P&G this means that they will have to make sure that in all of their factories the machinery is safely operated and maintained, that all chemicals are used, handled and stored safely, and that all staff are adequately trained to ensure health and safety.
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They have to “make arrangements to ensure the health and safety of the workplace”, this includes “making arrangements for emergencies … and health surveillance” (healthyworkinglives.com).
These regulations also give factory employees duties towards their own safety and the safety of others. They must work according to their training and instructions given to them. They must also notify the manager or the person responsible for health and safety of any danger to health and safety, such as a malfunctioning machine, or any problems with health and safety arrangements.
Finally the Workplace Health, Safety, and Welfare Regulations means P&G has to make sure that the workplace is safe and suitable for the jobs being done there. For example there must be sufficient ventilation in a facility that deals with chemicals (such as many of P&G’s
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In a manufacturing facility I would have to have to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health law and ensure that all control and safety measures to avoid unnecessary exposure to the substances used in the manufacturing of the products are followed by the workers. As well as complying with the legal safety requirements, I will also have to comply with P&G’s Health and safety policies. P&G has a single performance standard for every P&G manufacturing facility in the world. However, I would have a certain amount of freedom in how I follow their safety policy to create a safe work environment (pg.com). I would have to do risk assessments and reviews annually to minimise the potential accidents that could happen and I would also have to make sure that all of the employees under me are sufficiently trained for their positions and to keep their training up-to-date with booklets and training days. I would also have the duty of making sure that all equipment is in working order and safe to be

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