What are the legal requirements for Health and Safety at Work?
Health and safety is a big concern for all construction companies, not only because they care about their employees but also because they are legally required to implement certain standards in order to protect their employees.
Construction companies have a responsibility
Companies within the construction industry have responsibilities concerning the health and safety of their employees at work, as well as anyone else who may be affected by the construction project or related activities. Risk control is a huge part of this, and risk assessments need to be undertaken to prevent any accidents or health-related issues occurring.
What regulations are in place to protect workers?
Specific regulations are in place in the UK to protect construction workers, which construction firms must adhere to in order to remain legally compliant. These regulations include The Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002, The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 20024 (COSHH), The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2012 as well as many more, all of which address potential risks and how to manage them effectively to provide safe working standards.
The Health and Safety Act 1974
One of the main regulations in place to protect the health and safety of construction workers is The Health and Safety Act 1974. This essentially says that the employer is the one who holds the responsibility for ensuring that there is a safe site at all times where risks are addressed and minimised where possible. This can even include things like illness affecting the ability to perform tasks required for specific employees, where their role may need to be reassessed and responsibilities changed for their health and safety.
As part of The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, risk identification and assessment for each work activity is required by law to hold employees accountable to high levels of health and safety at all times. They must be able to demonstrate proof of risk assessments taking place, and surveillance should also be kept in some cases.
Health and safety in construction
Without the proper measures in place to ensure the highest levels of health and safety to their workers, constriction firms face legal action, severe financial penalties, loss of earnings and long-term reputation damage. The RG Group work in a fully compliant way and work vigilantly to make sure that we are up-to-date with the latest regulations and safety standards.
If you’d like to work with the RG Group or are interested in us providing a quote for your construction project, give the team a call today on 01732 526 850.