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ADVICE & LEGAL

THE HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT 1974

This applies to all persons employers at work and place a duty of care on all to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

THE MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK REGULATIONS 1999

In order that the HSWA can be effectively implemented in the work place, every employer has carry out a risk assessment to ensure that employees, and those not in his/her employ, are not subjected to danger.

THE PROVISION AND USE OF WORK EQUIPMENT REFGULATIONS 1998

Work equipment must be constructed in such a way that it is suitable for the purpose for which it is to be used. Once again the employer is responsible for these arrangements.

THE ELECTRICITY AT WORK REGULATIONS 1989

This regulation is absolute; this means no matter what the time or cost involved, it must be done. This Regulation deals with the person being competent. The only way to prove to the court of law that you are a competent person is through evidence of regular training. Regular training? Every week or perhaps when new Regulations are brought out.

PROSECUTIONS

Offences committed under the ELECTRICITY AT WORK REGULATIONS 1989 may be liable for: 20,000 fine for each offence in Magistrates court, unlimited fines/prison sentences in the Crown Court.

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