The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, was introduced to reinforce the Health and Safety and Work Act 1974.

The Management of Health and Safety Work Regulations 1999, places a duty on employers to assess and manage risks to their employees and others, to prevent work accidents and work related illnesses.  

The main requirement of employers is to carry out Risk Assessments.

Risk Assessments should be straightforward and simple to follow enabling the workers to follow the instruction outlined.  A Risk Assessment maybe more complicated if it deals with more complex or serious hazards.

Besides carrying out Risk Assessments, employers with the MHSWR also need to:

  1. make arrangements for implementing health and safety measures identified as necessary by the risk assessment;
  2. appoint competent people (often themselves or company colleagues) to help them implement the arrangements;
  3. provide clear information and training to employees;
  4. work together with other employers in sharing the same workplace.

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