Health & Safety

Health and safety information from Baxters Rescue.

Health and safety legislation doesn’t generally apply to someone who is not an employer, self-employed or an employee.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) and the regulations made under it apply if any organisation (including a voluntary/charity organisations) has at least one employee.

The HSW Act sets out the general duties that employers have towards employees. It also requires employers and the self-employed to protect people other than those at work (eg members of the public, volunteers, clients and customers) from risks to their health and safety arising out of, or in connection with, their work activities.

So, if you are a charity / voluntary organisation, you need to consider the risks to these people, if they could be hurt by your activities and be able to prove you did all that was possible to limit or prevent hazards and the risks they pose.

Duty holders organising higher-hazard or more risky activities should use the risk assessment process to ensure their employees and volunteers are appropriately protected .

Further information on the Acts of Parliament, the Regulations and Codes of Practice, can be found on the PDF download tab (follow link) or navigate to it from the Health & Safety section of Files and Folders above.

Health, Safety & Welfare

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