Management of Health and Safety at Work
The duties imposed by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations are of a wide ranging and general nature and, as a result, overlap with duties imposed by other regulations.
Where duties overlap, compliance with the more specific regulation will normally be sufficient to comply with the corresponding duty in the Management Regulations. For example, where a hazardous substance is in use in the workplace, a risk assessment carried out to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) will satisfy the requirement to carry out a risk assessment under the Management Regulations.
However, where the duties in the Management Regulations go beyond those in the more specific regulations, additional measures will be needed to comply fully with the Management Regulations.
The duties imposed by the Management Regulations are in relation to such issues as: carrying out risk assessments and determining what measures are needed to control the risks identified; the principles of prevention to be applied to control risks; health and safety arrangements; health surveillance; health and safety assistance; procedures for serious and imminent danger and for danger areas; contacts with external services; information for employees; cooperation and coordination; capabilities and training; employees’ duties; new or expectant mothers; young persons; and employers’ liability.
Advice on the management of health and safety at work can be obtained from the Health and Safety Team, Tŷ Elai, Williamstown, CF40 1NY, telephone number 01443 425546.