Why you must be follow Health and Safety Rules



The principle objective of the Health and Safety in Employment Act or HASE is to prevent harm from occurring to employees while they are at work. It does this by imposing a wide range of responsibilities on employers and managers to develop systems.

You have legal responsibilities to your staff and any breach of these could result in legal action against you as an individual, resulting in heavy fines. You are obliged to show that you have taken “all practicable steps” to provide and maintain a safe working environment by using the following procedures:

  • Hazard identification and control
  • Provide information, training and supervision
  • Accident reporting and investigation
  • Emergency procedures Principles, contractors and subcontractors

The Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act which came into force on May 5th 2003, increased the accountability of the employer. As an employer you need to be aware of the processes and duties introduced in these reforms and the practical implications. You now have a duty to involve your employees in health and safety matters. You will need to develop a system to com...

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