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    When starting a business, you need to know what the laws are regarding Health and Safety. Health and Safety law applies to all businesses, regardless of size, and covers both full and part-time employees.

    As an employer you have a duty to protect your employees and keep them informed about health and safety. Their health, safety and welfare at work are protected by law. You are also responsible for any customers, suppliers or members of the general public that come to your premises.

    Here are some pointers and a checklist to help you on your way. According to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), you must ensure that, in general;
    • The workplace is safe and without risk to health
    • Machinery is safe and that safe systems of work are followed
    • Articles and substances are stored, used and moved safely
    • Provide adequate welfare facilities
    • Provide information, training and supervision necessary for health and safety
    In particular you must ensure that you;
    • Assess the risks to employees health and safety
    • Make arrangements for implementing health and safety measures
    • If you have five or more employees, you need to record the significant findings of the risk assessment and arrangements for health and safety measures and draw up a health and safety policy statement.
    • Appoint someone to assist with health and safety responsibilities
    • Co-operate on health and safety with other employers sharing the same workplace
    • Set up emergency procedures
    • Provide adequate first-aid facilities
    • Make sure that work equipment is suitable for its intended use, and that it is properly maintained.
    • Take precautions against danger from flammable or explosive hazards, electrical equipment, noise and radiation.
    • Avoid hazardous manual handling operations.
    • Provide health surveillance as appropriate
    • Ensure that appropriate safety signs are provided and maintained

    Guest article contributed by London Office Space