A Quick Guide to Health and Safety

1st Edition

Authors: R Gilbert
Paperback ISBN: 9781845694999
eBook ISBN: 9781845695002
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 20th May 2008
Page Count: 192
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Health and safety issues now impose upon almost every part of business life. The system of enforcement is managed and implemented in the UK by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – but at times it can be difficult to know exactly which bits of this elaborate spider’s web should be applied in a given instance, and which are most important. This Quick Guide puts the subject into context, providing a rational overview and a valid starting point to applying health and safety in the workplace, and offers a concise and readily accessible interpretation of what health and safety legislation means in practice.

Key Features

  • Puts health and safety in to context
  • Provides a rational overview and starting point to applying health and safety in the workplace
  • Offers a concise interpretation of health and safety legislation in practice


Those in charge of ensuring health and safety in the workplace, business managers, human resources managers

Table of Contents

  • The Quick Guide Series
  • Invitation to New Authors
  • Introduction
  • Your 10 Minute A–Z Guide to Health and Safety
  • Chapter 1: Health and Safety Legislation – How Much is There?

    • Publisher Summary
    • 1.1 Some of the other legislation
    • 1.2 Other sources of information
  • Chapter 2: Enforcement and the Legal Situation

    • Publisher Summary
    • 2.1 Who enforces the laws and regulations?
    • 2.2 What is the purpose of enforcement and how is it done?
    • 2.3 Provision of information and advice
    • 2.4 Proportionality (action proportional to the risk)
    • 2.5 Improvement notices and prohibition notices – what are they?
    • 2.6 Reasonably practicable – what does this mean?
    • 2.7 Who will receive the most attention from enforcing authorities?
  • Chapter 3: Health and Safety … so What Business are You in?

    • Publisher Summary
    • 3.1 Business survival
    • 3.2 Good H&S should be good business
    • 3.3 As well as hurting people, accidents and injuries cost the business
    • 3.4 If you think training is expensive – try ignorance
    • 3.5 What are the most common accidents and causes of injury?
  • Chapter 4: The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW Act) and What it Means

    • Publisher Summary
    • 4.1 Basic concepts and duties
    • 4.2 Duties of employers to employees
    • 4.3 Duties of employers (and self-employed) to others
    • 4.4 Duties of employees
    • 4.5 Consultation with employees
    • 4.6 Duties to provide safety equipment or PPE
    • 4.7 Duties of manufacturers
    • 4.8 Powers given to the enforcing authorities
    • 4.9 What does ‘at work’ mean?
    • 4.10 Management of H&S regulations – what are they?
  • Chapter 5: Risks and Risk Assessments – What are They?

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About the Author

R Gilbert


This book is highly recommended to all levels of health and safety professionals in any environment, but would be particularly useful to middle managers and supervisors who do not wish to dig too deeply for the essence of the matter. For the same reason, it should also appeal to those who run SMEs., Health and Safety at Work
17 condensed chapters covering everything you need to know about health and safety – from legislation, business and environment to risk assessments and protecting employees, Health and Safety at Work
…provides a succinct and readily accessible interpretation of all health and safety legislation. There is quite a lot to pack into the space available, but the publishers seem to succeeded in putting in enough information without merely skimming the surface., Health and Safety at Work