Small Business - SME
As a small business owner, under the legislation, you have a duty of care to ensure the health and safety of all of your workers or people affected by your work which includes your employees, contractors and subcontractors, outworkers, apprentices and trainees, as well as any volunteers or work experience students that is doing work with or for your business.
DO HEALTH & SAFETY LAWS APPLY TO SMALL BUSINESSES?
Yes, health and safety laws apply to all businesses no matter how small or big. It applies to self-employed people too.
WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY ABOUT?
It is about preventing people from being harmed by work or becoming ill by taking precautions and providing a satisfactory working environment.
HOW IS HEALTH & SAFETY OF PEOPLE PROTECTED?
There are rules which require all of us not to put ourselves or others in danger. The law is also there to protect the public from workplace dangers.
HAVE YOU GOT HEALTH & SAFETY UNDER CONTROL IN YOUR WORKPLACE?
In order to put measures in place to control risks at a workplace, a Risk Assessment should be conducted in order to get information about the risks associated with the workplace. Sensible measures can then be put in place to control the risks.
You will need to appoint all competant employees and ensure that they are trained to do the work that is required.