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Health and safety at work etc act 1974
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- Applies to all construction sites.
- Sets out general duties of employers, self-employed persons, persons in control of premises, employees, manufacturers and suppliers to safeguard the health and safety of employees and public who may be affected by their work.
- Failure to comply with the requirements of the Act is a criminal offence which can result in a prison sentence of up to 2 years prison and an unlimited fine.
- All health and safety regulations fall under this Act.
- Section 2 gives employers a duty to ensure the health and safety of employees as far as is reasonably practicable.
- Section 3 imposes a duty to ensure people who are not employees are not exposed to health and safety risks.
- Section 4 imposes a duty to ensure premises are safe and from risks to health.
- Sections 7 and 8 give employees a duty to take reasonable care.
- Section 37 provides that directors and managers can be liable personally for neglect or consent that leads to an offence under the Act.
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