Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974

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Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974

This remains the basis of health and safety legislation, and

“sets out the general duties which employers have towards employees and members of the public, and employees have to themselves and to each other” (HSE, 1996)

HSE leaflet “Health and Safety Regulation” (HSC 13) 1996

The Act states that employers must ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees whilst at work and any other persons affected by their business activities. The Act is a general piece of legislation and not specific to moving and handling so is not considered here in detail.