Health and Safety Legislations

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Health and Safety Legislations

There are many health and safety legislations that are applicable to our industry:

Health and Safety at Work ACT 1974 (HASAWA)

· Employers are responsible for providing, as is reasonably practical, safe systems of work, without risk to health

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE)

· Employers are responsible for providing suitable PPE

· In the average barbershop, PPE will include:

gloves, gowns, towels & aprons

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation 1992 (COSHH)

· Employers must control exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace

· Everyone should be aware of how to store, handle, use and dispose of these products

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

· These regulations require that certain measures must be taken when manual handling and lifting to avoid skeletal and muscular injuries

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)

· RIDDOR places a legal duty to report:

- Work related deaths

- Major injuries or over 3 day injuries

- Work related diseases (eg, dermatitis)

- Dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents)

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

· All electrical equipment must be regularly (preferably annually) checked for electrical safety

· The check must be carried out by a “competent person”, preferably a qualified electrician and is called PAT testing

The Fire Precautions Act 1971

· A ‘responsible person’ should carry out a fire risk assessment and ensure that precautions are implemented based on the results

· As a result of the assessment, there must be a policy in place which aims to minimise the risk of fire, reduce the spread of any fire, provide means of escape and take preventative action

Data Protection Act 1998

· You must keep information secure

· You must ensure information is accurate and relevant to your needs

· You must comply with individual’s requests for information that you are holding