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Management of Health and Safety in the UK and Internationally

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It is evidently clear from the discussion that the increasing use of machines at the workplace, coupled with the continuing dependency on chemical compounds, poses a great risk not only to the industries or companies themselves but to the workers in general. Risks of fires, deaths as well as injuries are common. Deaths, injuries, and fires are not the only risks that are imminent. There are issues to do with employee health as well as wellness that are also critical to facilitate employees’ operations. Therefore, changes are also witnessed in the workplace environments in general that are aimed at promoting a safe and healthy working environment for employees. The government and other regulatory agencies have been on the forefront in advocating for workplace safety and health issues with numerous laws and guidelines being put in place to ensure safe working environments. The UK has made strides in ensuring employee health and safety at the workplace. The first and major issue is the enactment of various legislations that help to promote workplace health and safety. The first of such legislation is The Health and Safety at work Act 1974. This is the primary legislation that guides occupational health and safety in the UK. There numerous other acts and regulations that cover individual items at the work environments and which also form part of this act. It is very important that these guidelines are adhered to as a breach of this attracts huge fines and penalties for the person’s involved. The same is the case with the US such that the nation has also enacted legislation that offers guidance on operations at the workplace to ensure health and safety. The occupational safety and health act 1970 is the primary legislation in the US that ensures worker and workplace safety. The act came into place with a goal of ensuring that the employers provide employees with a work environment that is free from hazards and is safe and healthy.