Every employer has a duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 to ensure, as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of his employees whilst at work and other persons who may be affected by their work activities.

What you need to do as an employer

  • Appoint someone competent to help you meet your health and safety duties. A competent person is someone with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to manage health and safety.
  • Write a Health and Safety Policy if you have more than five employees
  • Control the risks in your business
  • Consult and train your employees
  • Display Health and Safety posters
  • Set up first aid and a way to record accidents
  • Get insurance for your business
  • Keep up-to-date with changes to Health and Safety law.

See the full guide at Health and Safety made simple on the Health and Safety Executive's website.

Advice if you are setting up a business

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides information to assist businesses in the start-up process, including: 

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