Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (Regulation 9 -…
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Regulation 9 - Contacts with external services
Employers must ensure that, where necessary, contacts are made with external services, e.g. rescue work.
Regulation 3 - Risk assessment
Employers (& the self-employed) must assess the risk to the health & safety of their employees & to anyone else who may be affected by their work activity. Employers with 5 or more employees must record the significant findings in writing.
Regulation 4 -Principles of prevention to be applied
Employers must implement preventive & protective measures on the basis of the general principles of prevention specified in Schedule 1 to the regulations.
Regulation 5 - Health & safety arrangements
Appropriate arrangements must be made for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring & review of preventative & protective measures (i.e. a health & safety management system). Employers with five or more employees must have their arrangements in writing.
Regulation 7 - Health & safety assistance
The employer must appoint one or more competent persons to assist him in complying with legal obligations. The competent person(s) must be given the necessary time & resources to fulfil their functions.
Regulation 6 - Health surveillance
Consideration must be given to carry out health surveillance of employees where there is a disease or adverse health condition identified in risk assessments.
Regulation 8 - Procedures for serious & imminent danger & for danger areas
Employers must establish emergency procedures & appoint competent persons to ensure compliance with the arrangements. Access to areas of risk should be limited to those with adequate health & safety knowledge & instruction.
Regulation 10 - Information for employees
Employees must be provided with relevant information & instruction about hazards & control measures.
Regulation 11 - Co-operation & co-ordination
Employers who work together in a common workplace must co-operate to discharge their duties.
Regulation 12 - Persons working in host employers' or self-employed persons' undertakings
Extends the requirements of Regulation 11 to include employees working as sole occupiers of a workplace under the control of another employer, e.g. those working under a service of contract.
Regulation 13 - Capabilities & training
Employers must take into account the capabilities of employees before entrusting tasks. Employers must provide adequate health & safety training.
Regulation 14 - Employees' duties
Employees must use machinery, equipment, substance, transport means of production & safety devices in accordance with the instructions & training that they have received. They must also inform their employer of any situation representing a serious & immediate danger.
Regulation 15 - Temporary workers
Consideration must be given to the special needs of temporary workers. The employer must provide health & safety information on qualifications required to perform the task safely & requirements for health surveillance.
Regulation 16 - Risk assessment in respect of new or expectant mothers
Where the work is of a kind which would involve risk to the mother or baby, then the risk assessment required by regulation 3 should take this into account. If the risk cannot be avoided, the employer should take reasonable steps to adjust the hours worked; offer alternative work; or give paid leave.
Regulation 17 - Certificate from a medical practitioner in respect of new or expectant mothers
Where the woman is a night shift worker & has a medical certificate identifying night shift work as a risk then the employer must put her on day shift or give paid leave for as long as is necessary
Regulation 18 - Notification by new or expectant mothers
The employer need take no action until notified in writing by the woman that she is pregnant, has given birth in the last 6 months, or is breastfeeding.
Regulation 19 - Protection of young persons
Employers of young persons shall ensure that they are not exposed to risk as a consequence of their lack of experience, lack of awareness or lac of maturity. No employer shall employ young people for work which is beyond their physical or psychological capacity; involves exposure to toxic or carcinogenic agents; involves harmful exposure to radiation; involves a risk to health from extremes of temperature, noise or vibration;or involves risks which could not be reasonably foreseen by young persons.