Since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, workplace health and safety regulations have steadily developed into the set of laws, regulations and standards we have today.
Furthermore, many of the regulations and standards British companies have to adhere to have come from European Union (EU) directives and laws, and from decisions made by the European Court.
Therefore, in this article, Ian Patterson, co-founder of Paint Inspection, a coating inspection and surveying company that ensure that industrial structures and transport adheres to the UK’s environmental and safety regulations, outlines the benefits of the UK’s current workplace health and safety regulations to both employers and employees before considering the effect Britain leaving The EU could have on occupational health and safety regulations.
While often maligned by some employers and some areas of the press, workplace health and safety regulations set clear standards and expectations for both employers and employees.
While the responsibility for a safe workplace is ultimately on the employer and it is their responsibility to ensure employees know their obligations under relevant wor…