2.5 – The Health and Safety at Work Act

Employers have a legal responsibility to what they can to minimise risk to their employees health. This is expressed in the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) where it states “it shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees”.

It sets out the general duties which:

  • employers have towards employees and members of the public
  • employees have to themselves and to each other
  • certain self-employed have towards themselves and others

However, the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) focuses on general health and safety in the workplace. Should you wish to learn more about this we recommend taking our Health and Safety course which can be found here.

If you want to have a read of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) you can find it here.

The main piece of legislation that we need to be aware of when it comes to mental health in the workplace is the Equality Act (2010). We will cover this on the next page.

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