Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR) 1999 applicable to UK and Europe require employers to put in place arrangements, including processes and procedures, to control health and safety risks in their workplace.  However the principles contained in these regulations are applicable across all countries.

The main requirement under the legislation is to ensure that a risk assessment is carried out.

MHSWR states that an employer should?

As a minimum, MHSWR states that employers should:

•  Assess the risks to employees and any other people who could be affected by your activities and record any significant findings.

•  Arrange for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventative and protective measures that come from a risk assessment.

Employers and managers should ensure that they have provided the following:

•  Have access to competent health and safety advice.

•  Provided employees with information about the risks in the workplace and how they are protected from them.

•  Provided instruction and training for employees in how to deal with the risks.

•  Have adequate and appropriate supervision in place.

•  Have consulted with employees regularly about their risks at work and the current preventative and protective measures in place.