What safety information must an employer provide for its workforce?

Regulation 10 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/3242) sets out the health and safety information that employers must give to their employees. Every employer must provide its employees with relevant information on the risks to their health and safety identified by risk assessments and any risks notified by other employers sharing the workplace. It must outline the preventative and protective control measures that it has adopted, as well as the procedures to be followed in the event of serious and imminent danger. It must make known the identity of fire wardens and other staff nominated to implement evacuation procedures.

In addition, employers may be required to provide employees with information on specific hazards, depending on the sector in which the employer operates and the specific activities it carries out.

The employer must ensure that the relevant information is disseminated to temporary workers and to other employers with employees working in its business. Vulnerable groups such as young people may require additional information.