In order to observe their duty of care, employers at companies large and small must make their workplace safe and prevent health risks.
(PRWEB UK) 30 June 2013
Accident Advice Helpline, a no win no fee legal service for employees seeking injury at work claims, have explained the health and safety responsibilities of employers; not only to their workers, but also to any visitors to their premises such as customers, suppliers and members of the public.
Employers’ responsibility is laid out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; the primary UK legislation for health and safety in the workplace. If an employee is hurt or injured because an employer failed to meet their responsibilities as per the act, the employee has grounds to claim accident at work compensation.
The Health and Safety Executive is the body charged with enforcing health and safety and ensure that employers observe their duty of care; which includes the performance of risk assessments and the appointment of a competent person with health and safety responsibilities. Businesses with more than 5 employees must also retain an official record of the risk assessment, and a formal health and safety policy.
In order to observe their duty of care, employers at companies large and small must make their workplace safe and prevent health risks. This could include safety measures and safe working practices concerning machinery and equipment. This equipment must be properly maintained.
They must also ensure that all materials are handled, stored and used safely; and ensure that first aid facilities are always available. Protective clothing and equipment must be provided where necessary, in addition to warning signs and control measures for all harmful, flammable, poisonous and explosive substances.
The duty of care also requires that employers ensure that all ventilation, lighting and other facilities meet health and safety requirements. Washing and toilet facilities should be provided, in addition to clean drinking water. Facilities for pregnant women and nursing mothers must also be provided.
All workplace facilities have a range of acceptable conditions and light, temperature and other conditions must be maintained. Workstations must be suitable to employees and their work, equipment must work and floors, walkways, stairs and roadways must be safe to use. Doors, windows and gates should be fitted with safety devices where necessary. Products should be stored safely, so as not to fall or cause injury. Employees should also be protected from falling from height.
Of course, not all employees work on site, and where employees work alone, off site, or at home, employers must ensure that they can do so safely and healthily.
An employer’s responsibility also extend beyond the place of work, to ensuring that suitable rest areas are provided, and appropriate breaks and holiday entitlements given.
If a worker believes that they have grounds for an accident at work claim because an employer has failed to meet their responsibilities, they can access free, simple advice from the experts at Accident Advice Helpline.
With a 100% no win no fee injury at work claim service, the Accident Advice Helpline is one of the leading legal services available in the UK. They offer free legal advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and their friendly and helpful staff will ensure that potential clients have grounds for a claim before taking their case.
For more information on employers responsibility, duty of care and employment law, visit the Accident Advice Helpline website today or call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.