Health and Safety at Work
This is derived from the ‘Health and Safety at Work Act 1974’ (HASAWA) which has set out the duties of employers concerning the wellbeing of their employees.
It clearly states that employers must protect their ‘health, safety, and welfare’ whilst their employees are at work. This does not exclude others within the environment either, such as temporary staff, casual workers, visitors to the site, and the general public to a practical degree.
The full legislation documentation can be found here – Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA)
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) holds the power to enforce the employer duties and issue penalties for those who do not conform or properly comply with the regulations.
The graph below shows the fines and increase in the number of cases ranging from 30 in 2008 to 128 in 2017
Average fine (£)
Cases by the HSE
Data for total service industries, based on legislation breaches resulting in successful prosecution
Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Public Register of Prosecutions