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Purpose and legal status of existing:

Health & Safety Regulations.

Can be introduced to implement European Directives,

Contain statutory duties

Prosecution or fines for breaches

Enforced by enforcement authority
Usually made by the secretary of state with powers introduced under the Health 7 Safety at Work, etc Act 1974

Purpose and legal status of existing:

HSE Approved Codes of Practice.

Provide a recognised interpretation of legislation

Failure to comply may be cited in court in

criminal proceedings

Must meet the ACoP standard or comply with an equal or better standard

Have semi-legal status

Why may health and safety not be seen as a priority by the management of an organisation?

Health & safety has to compete with other

management priorities, particularly those

associated with the production of goods and services which is the basic rationale of an organisation. It may be seen as an unproductive cost which conflicts with requirements to keep costs low.

Define: (a) Health. (b) Safety. (c) Welfare.

Health relates to the physical condition, of the body and mind, of all people at the workplace (employees, contractors and visitors) and their protection from harm in the form of injury or disease.

Safety relates to the condition at the workplace and applies to the pursuit of a state where the risk of harm has been eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level.

Welfare relates to the general well-being of, primarily, employees at the workplace and the promotion of conditions which help to provide for their needs in respect of health, comfort, and social and personal well-being. This broader concept of welfare is not a specific concern of HSaW, but effective H&S measures may contribute to the conditions which

promote it.

In three words, sum up the reasons why an organisation should manage health and safety.

Moral (or Humanitarian)



Give examples of how societal expectations can result in higher standards of health and safety.

Legal cases indicate how requirements such as a "safe place of work" change over the years and act as drivers for an increasing standard of H&S in the workplace

Better staff may only work for employers with high standards of H&S

Widespread access to the media ensures that standards of best practice in the workplace are well known by everyone and therefore

establish the norm that people at work expect.

Give three direct costs and three indirect costs that might arise from a workplace accident.

Direct costs : damaged product, repairs or

replacement of damaged equipment, worker sick pay, production downtime, first aid treatment costs, overtime

Indirect costs: low worker moral, damaged

business reputation, high staff turnover and

associated costs.