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Health and safety frequently asked questions
What is health and safety all about?
Preventing people from being harmed by taking the right
precautions and providing a safe working environment.
Why are there health and safety laws?
As health and safety at work is so important, there are rules
which require all of us not to put ourselves or others in danger.
The law is also there to protect the public from workplace
Who do health and safety laws apply to?
They apply to all firms, however small, to employees and to the
What do inspectors actually do?
They visit workplaces to check that people are sticking to the
rules and to help them understand what is required to conform with
the law. They enforce only when something is seriously wrong.
Do I need to have employers' liability (compulsory
Yes, it's the law if you employ anyone and you should display
Do I need to display any posters?
Yes. If you employ anyone you should display the health and
safety law poster. Visit HSE Books to order a
Where can I get further information about health and
Visit HSE.GOV.UK or phone
0300 003 1747 (Health and Safety Executive advice