UK: Health and safety
Updating author: Jo Broadbent, Hogan Lovells International LLP
Original author and consultant editor: Darren Newman
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- A duty on employers to provide a safe place of work and a safe system of working is fundamental to the employment relationship. (See General)
- Safety representatives appointed by a recognised trade union or elected by employees have various consultation and other rights. (See Safety representatives)
- Responsibility for the enforcement of health and safety law is shared by the statutory Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities. (See Enforcement and penalties)
- If an employee suffers an illness or injury as a result of their employer's negligence and it was reasonably foreseeable that such negligence would result in injury or illness, the employee may be entitled to claim compensation in the courts. Employers are obliged to insure themselves against such claims. (See Compensation for occupational injury or illness)