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
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
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
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
Business or leisure - Know your legal responsibilities!
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