Health and Safety – The Law – Understanding Your Responsibilities

From The Bosses to The Employees - everyone has responsibility for their own and others' health and Safety at work.

The Bosses

Maybe you are a director or a member of the management team in your business and want to find out more about your own responsibilities under Health and Safety legislation.

For instance, did you know that if a health and safety offence is committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the organisation, then that person (as well as the organisation) can be prosecuted under section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

All sounds a bit scary doesn't it.  However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a range of useful information available on their website to help you understand your's and others' responsibilities.

Useful links are below:-


It's not just the boss who has a duty of care under H&S legislation.  Employees do too! To find out what these are - click here.

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Some examples of the free EBulletins available from HSE

  • General: - Jobs, Prosecutions, Science & Research, Safety Alerts and Notices
  • Solutions: - Publications & Products, Training & Events, Research, Testing & Monitoring
  • Campaigns: - Work Right, Working Minds
  • Industries: - find an bulletin for your industry
  • Topics: - a range of topics from Asbestos to Workplace Transport
Need to find a Health and Safety Consultant?

Click here to access the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR).  This is an online register of chartered health and safety consultants, spanning every industry and many specialisms.

OSHCR is governed by IOSH.  So all the registered consultants meet strict eligibility criteria, meaning that businesses can be confident they are receiving high quality health and safety advice.

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