The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA)


This Act places a duty upon employers to secure 'the health, safety and welfare of persons at work' and also any other persons connected with 'the activities of persons at work'.

An employer has a duty for 'the provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health'.

The Act places a duty upon an employer or self employed person to secure the health and safety of persons 'not in his employment'. Collectively, the provisions laid down, place a duty upon all employers, self employed persons and organisations which have premises that are open to the public, to ensure that persons working within or using their premises or facilities are safe.

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