Business Law - Health And Safety Regulations

Monday, August 27, 2012

Health and safety laws are now an major part of any business. Following health and safety proceedures can often be a laborious process and it is even more hassle having to deal with accidents at work that were caused by not having the right precautions in place. All employers you should make sure that they are fully aware of the regulations and that they have implemented the right precautions to be deemed acceptable by the law.

The regulations should be put in place in all work places and high risk places This will mean that even offices should have procedures put in place to avoid accidents and for dealing with them when and if they do occur.

Adhering to health and safety regulations is very important in any workplace. The failure to follow these rules can result in being inspected by a health and safety executive and being sent a notice to rectify areas which they believe you are failing in. If you receive a notice and fail to act, you leave yourself liable to be fined up to 10,000.

The main aim of these regulations is to avoid accidents and potential risks in the workplace. As an employer, the best way to deal with any such issues is to ensure that your workplace is fully compliant. Due to the sheer volume of the regulations that might apply to you, it can be a good idea to get advice from a specialist health and safety lawyer to find out what you will have to do to get your workplace up to standard. Basic steps that a company can take to ensure they adhere to health and safety regulations is to ensure that staff are thoroughly briefed on any risks in the workplace and told what to do should an accident occur.

Despite your best efforts, even when you have brought your workplace up to standards, it will constantly be changing to include new risks, for example malfunctioning of equipment. This would mean that your staff may have to work in a temporarily unsafe environment. In these situations you should try to discuss your situation with a health and safety lawyer to find out ways in which you can minimise your risks and liabilities.

If you breach health and safety regulations in your workplace you will be liable to have legal action taken against you. This can be particularly damaging if the breach resulted in a serious accident. Not only will you be liable to pay a large fine and compensation to the victim of the accident, if the number of breaches is high and accidents have happened more than once, directors of the companies responsible can even face a prison sentence. Prosecution for violations will be dealt with in the same way as any other criminal trial, if you are facing legal action for a breach in regulations it is important that you seek expert legal advice on how to deal with it.