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Safety training

Updating author: Kalpana Murthy

Summary

  • Employers owe a common law and implied contractual duty to their employees to take reasonable care for their health, safety and welfare at work. That duty extends to providing appropriate information, instruction and training. (See The employer's common law duty of care)
  • Employees who are injured in the course of their employment may sue their employer for damages arising out of a negligent failure to provide appropriate safety training. (See The employer's common law duty of care)
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 imposes a duty on all employers to provide their employees with such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of their employees. (See Health and Safety at Work Act 1974)
  • That duty is reinforced by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/3242), and by related health, safety and hygiene legislation. (See from Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 onwards)

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