Who is Responsible for Health and Safety at Work?

Your employer has a 'duty of care' to ensure, as far as possible, your health, safety and welfare while you're at work. Your employer has to carry out a risk assessment and do what's needed to take care of the health and safety of employees and visitors. They should start with a risk assessment to spot possible health and safety hazards. They have to appoint a 'competent person' with health and safety responsibilities (usually one of the owners in smaller firms, or a member of staff trained in health and safety).