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Health and safety terminology and sources of law

Updating author: Ruth Wintersgill

Summary

  • The XpertHR employment law manual Health and Safety chapter adopts the terminology set out in the Health and Safety Executive's previous publication Successful health and safety management. (See Health and safety terminology)
  • Since 1974 almost all risks to health and safety arising from work activity have been regulated through a single legal framework, the core of which is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. (See Acts of Parliament)
  • Some health and safety regulations clarify particular aspects of general duties, while others introduce particular requirements for specific hazards. (See Regulations)
  • Where appropriate, regulations are supplemented by Approved Codes of Practice, which have special legal status. (See Approved Codes of Practice)
  • Guidance notes give information, advice and guidance on different sectors and processes. (See Guidance notes)
  • Various trade associations have developed safety standards to provide traders with a recognised status that cowboy operators lack, while the British Standards Institution issues British Standards and Codes. (See Non-statutory standards and codes)