Duties of the Employer

Employers whatever the size of the business, must:

  • As far as possible, have any risks to your health and safety properly controlled
  • Provide, free of charge, any personal protective and safety equipment
  • Make the workplace safe
  • Ensure that plant and machinery is safe to use, and that safe working practices are set up and followed
  • Make sure that all materials are handled, stored and used safely
  • Tell you about any potential hazards from the work you do, chemicals and other substances used by the firm, and give you information, instructions, training and supervision as needed
  • Check that the right work equipment is provided and is properly used and regularly maintained
  • Prevent or control exposure to substances that may damage your health
  • Avoid potentially dangerous work involving manual handling (and if it can't be avoided, take precautions to reduce the risk of injury)
  • Ensure that the right warning signs are provided and looked after
  • Report certain accidents, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences to either the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the local authority, depending on the type of business
  • Light premises so that employees can work and move about safely
  • Keep the workplace and equipment in good working order
  • Make floors, walkways, stairs, roadways etc safe to use
  • Protect people from falling from height or into dangerous substances
  • Make sure that employees who work alone, or off-site, can do so safely and healthily