Employer health and safety responsibilities

As an employer you have a ‘duty of care’ to look after the health, safety and welfare of your employees while they are at work, as set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. If you are the proprietor or managing director of a company, you are ultimately responsible for the health and safety in all aspects of the business. Responsibility for managing health and safety may be delegated to a competent person in the business, but primary responsibility still lies with the owner or partners of a business.  You may have added responsibilities, depending on

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