HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT - AsOne

HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT (HASWA) What does it do ? HASWA is there to secure the health and safety of people at work. HASWA also protects other people

from risks to their health and safety arising out of the activities of people at work. HASWA is also used for controlling the keeping and use of explosive or highly flammable or dangerous substances. EMPLOYERS DUTIES Under HASWA an employer has a duty to employees to provide and maintain plant and systems of work

that are safe and without risks to health. Employers have to provide any information, instruction and training as necessary. EMPLOYERS DUTIES Employers must protect the HEALTH, SAFETY and WELFARE at work of all employees. EMPLOYEES DUTIES

Employees that are injured at work, seen a near miss or have a doctors letter to say they have a work related disease must inform their employer. Employees have to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and of anyone else that might be affected by their work. EMPLOYEES DUTIES

An employee also has to co operate with their employer, as and when necessary, to ensure any health and safety duties and requirements are complied with THE H.S.E H.S.E stands for the Health and Safety Executive.

The H.S.E are there to regulate and to research any Health and Safety issues. The H.S.E will investigate any complaints and safety incidents. THE H.S.E The H.S.E employ Health and Safety Enforcement Officers who will inspect

safety procedures being used. They have the power to serve notice and/or issue legal proceedings over safety incidents. It is compulsory to contact the H.S.E if an operative has an absence of more than three days following an accident at work. STATISICS

There were 77 deaths in construction in 2006/7. 50 of these were employed and 27 were self employed. 23 deaths were from falling from height. 16 were as a result of being hit by a moving or falling object. STATISTICS

There were 3,711 reportable major injuries in 2006/7. The most common accident was a slip or trip with 988 (27%) reports. There were 649 (17%) reports of moving/falling objects. Being injured while handling, lifting or moving objects resulted in 525 (14%) cases.

REPORTING ACCIDENTS When reporting an accident you need to see the person in charge. This could be the Site Agent, Supervisor or a First Aider.

First Aiders on site will have their names listed in the site huts or cabins. Any accident reports on site need to go in the accident book. It is important to keep records to identify recurring types of accident. WHAT TO DO

If reporting an accident you need to give: Facts not opinions. A clear description of what happened. Relevant details.

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