The UK Law

The legal requirements for any business with five or more employees includes:

  • A written health & safety policy
  • Written risk assessments covering all significant workplace hazards
  • Access to professional and competent health & safety advice, either internally or via an external consultant
  • Suitable and appropriate workplace safety equipment
  • Sufficient training for all employees
  • Appropriate welfare facilities

This list is not exhaustive as there are many areas of legislation that could affect your business. If you have less than five employees, you still need to comply with the law you just don’t need to have it written down. The penalties for non-compliance are numerous, including unlimited fines, director disqualifications and a possible prison sentence, as well as the reputational damage that invariably follows.

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