Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992/1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (also known as the "Six-Pack) were first introduced in 1992 and amended in 1999. They were later amended again because of changes in European Law, which required special risk assessments to be carried out for young workers and new and expectant mothers. The regulations contain the following six documents -

The above are links to the full text of the legislation, but the main points have been put into plain English by the Health and Safety Executive in the links below -

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations

Manual Handling

Workplace Regulations (Welfare)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Display Screen Equipment

Work Equipment (PUWER)

A summary of the most basic points of these regulations might include -

  • A general duty on employers and employees to keep the workplace safe and to carry out tasks in a safe way
  • For a competent person to be appointed to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments with the H&S reps or other staff
  • That individual risk assessments are carried out and reviewed for young workers and new or expectant mothers
  • For control measures to be implemented to reduce any risks that have been identified
  • For risk assessments to be reviewed on a regular basis (TUC recommends every 2 years) or when a significant change occurs
  • For manual handling to be avoided wherever this is reasonably practicable
  • For the workplace to be safe and healthy - including toilets, washing facilities,catering areas, and access routes to be safe
  • For the temperature to be reasonable and areas to be suitably ventilated
  • For personal Protective Equipment that fits and is suitable for the wearer to be provided free of charge where necessary
  • That display screen equipment, keyboards and accessories are suitable for users
  • That the length of time of users of dispay screen equipment is assessed and that regular breaks are taken
  • That work equipment is suitable and adjusted for the task it is to be used, regularly inspected, properly maintained and that proper training and supervision is given

The above list is very much an introduction to the six pack and reps should make themselves as familiar with these documents as they can. There are a number of other regulations that are important for reps to have some familiarity with, including -

RIDDOR

COSHH

Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations (as amended)

Working at Heights Regulations

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