Running a business comes with a legal responsibility to protect your employees and the public by following health and safety legislation. Failure to comply can lead to substantial fines, litigation, damage to your reputation and even imprisonment in extreme cases.
When it comes to health and safety for equipment and machinery, there are numerous complex regulations businesses must adhere to. Some of the key legislation includes:
The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR)
The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER)
The Electricity at Work Regulations (EAWR)
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH)
These regulations require regular, thorough examinations and inspections of equipment like boilers, air conditioning systems, cranes, fork lift trucks, electrical systems and local exhaust ventilation. Frequencies range from monthly to every five years, depending on the equipment type and risk factors.
Additionally, written schemes, appropriate guarding, and other specific requirements must be met to avoid penalties. Competent people are needed to carry out many of the necessary checks and testing.
Staying on top of evolving health and safety legislation across all your business operations is a complex but crucial responsibility. Partnering with professional health and safety consultants can help ensure you meet requirements, protect workers, avoid fines, and focus on running your business.