Health and safety - the law

This chapter covers the legal duties of an employer and considerations they should take to minimise health and safety issues when working in the transport sector.

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  • General introduction to health and safety law.
    • Criminal and civil liability.
    • Insurance.
    • Civil liability – negligence and occupiers liability.
    • Civil law- duties of employers.
    • Damages.
    • Contributory negligence.
    • Vicarious liability.
    • Occupiers liability – general.
    • Criminal law.
      • Absolute.
      • As far as practicable.
      • As far as reasonably practicable.
    • Statutes, regulations, approved cords of practice (ACOP) and guidance notes.
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA).
    • Top-down management of health and safety.
    • The main duties of an employer under HSWA.
    • The public – customers and visitors.
    • The legal duties of employees contained in HSWA.
    • Provision and use of work equipment.
    • Charging employees for safety equipment.
    • Policy statements.
    • Consultation.
    • Duties of employees under HSWA.
    • Duties of the self-employed under HSWA.
    • Enforcement and penalties.
      • Health and Safety Executive.
  • Health and safety sentencing guidelines.
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (MHSW).
    • Staff training.
  • Compulsory display of notices.
    • Health and safety law approved poster of leaflets.
    • Health and safety policy.
    • First aid.
    • Employers liability (compulsory insurance).
    • Safety signs.
    • Fire.
  • Notification of accidents.
  • First aid.
    • Legal requirements.
    • First aiders and competent persons.
    • First aid information.
    • First aid rooms.
    • First aid boxes.
  • Hazardous substances.
  • Fire safety legislation.
  • Fire marshals and fire wardens.
  • Asbestos.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Manual handling.
  • Display screens.
  • Noise.
    • Summary of legal requirements.
    • Background to the noise regulations.
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.
  • Corporate manslaughter.
    • Relevant duty of care.
    • Gross breaches.
    • Senior management.
    • The penalties.

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