What does health and safety law cover?

Last updated: 05 Mar 2020

Health and safety law in the UK places duties on employers to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees and others who are not employees, such as contractors, visitors and members of the public.

This means making sure that people are protected from anything that may cause them harm, controlling any risks of injury or ill health that could arise.

Under health and safety law you have a right to:

  • work in places where the risks to your health and safety are controlled
  • stop work and leave the area if you reasonably believe you are in danger
  • inform your employer about health and safety issues or concerns
  • be a Prospect health and safety representative
  • be consulted on matters related to your health and safety.

You must:

  • take care not to put yourself and others at risk
  • co-operate with your employer’s arrangements for ensuring health and safety.

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