Supporting UK Composites

Introduction

It is important to reduce the risks of workplace dangers and provide a safe working environment by taking the right precautions.

Health and safety management involves practical steps that protect people from harm and at the same time protect the future success of your business.

Health and safety laws apply to all businesses, no matter how small. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. You need to take the right precautions to reduce the risks of workplace dangers and provide a safe working environment.

Health and safety management involves practical steps that protect people from harm and at the same time protect the future success and the growth of your business. Good practice in health and safety makes sound business sense.

This tool is adapted from the full HSE online tool and explains what the law requires and what you need to do to put it into practice to operate safely in the Composites industry.

Main causes of ill health and accidents at work

The most common causes of serious injury at work in the Composites Industry are slips and trips, manual handling, hit by falling or moving object and contact with moving machinery. Composites UK records annual accident statistics for the industry. Click here to access the report for 2013.

It is important to be aware that there are health conditions that can be caused or made worse by work and working environments, including cancer, asthma, skin complaints, stress and musculoskeletal disorders such as back pain.

The law

The main law governing health and safety at work in the United Kingdom is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act). This determines what is reasonably practicable to ensure health and safety.

Other regulations supporting the HSW Act set out more detailed legal duties for specific activities or industries. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced publications to help you understand what these mean in practice.

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