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The HSW Act does not spell out exactly HOW you should go about achieving the goals and objectives, it simply says you will. Subsequent legislation and regulations bolted on to this act do go into more detail on the HOW for some subjects and specific work activities. 2 Duties of employers to employees Employer’s duties in this regard are: . to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees; and, in particular: . the provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health (safe systems of work is an important point); .
You are probably best able to assess these losses for yourself in your particular line of business. One hidden effect you should keep in mind is the time needed by owners/managers/staff to sort out the resulting ‘mess’. Every hour spent on reports, investigations and action plans is one hour less spent on running/improving the business. You cannot be developing the plan for production improvement while you are carrying out investigations, being interviewed by the HSE or local authority and developing safety improvement strategies.
Enter premises at any reasonable time for the purpose of discharging their duties (or at any time if they consider a dangerous situation exists); . carry out investigations and examinations; . instruct an employer to leave equipment or areas undisturbed for future examination; . take measurements, photographs and samples of material or equipment; . take documents, logs or copies of them; . talk to and interview employees and staff in private. The Act also gives powers for inspectors to issue improvement notices and prohibition notices (see Chapter 2).