Useful Links

Useful Organisations
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Institution of Safety and Health (IOSH)
Association of Project Safety (APS)
National Examination Board for Occupational Safety & Health (NEBOSH)
The UK Government Legislation Website
British Safety Council (BSC)
Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA)
Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Center
Mesothelioma Support Resource

The Health and Safety At Work Act (HASWA) 1974
Was a turning point for workplace health and safety in the UK. HASWA provides the basics for most subsequent regulations.

The HSE use HASWA during prosecutions as (unlike most regulations), HASWA has unlimited fines and jail time.

The Health and Safety At Work Act 1974

Useful Regulations
A guide to Health and Safety Regulations in Great Britain

The following left hand links take you directly to the legislation documents and the associated right hand link to the relevant HSE short guidance document. While the HSE provide ACOP’s and guidance documents to interpret laws and regulations, it is always useful and sometimges imperative to reference the original legislation.

More reading materials are available on the HSE website but this “useful links” page provides basic information.

The HSE regard the first six Regulations as being foundational and have called them the “Six Pack”;The Management of Health and Safety at WorkRegulations 1999(HSE Short Guide)
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (HSE Short Guide)
The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (HSE Short Guide)
Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992(HSE Short Guide)
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998(HSE Short Guide)
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (PPE) 1992(HSE Short Guide) 

Other Useful Regulations
Construction Design Management Regulations 2015(HSE Short Guide)
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005(HSE Short Guide)
Health and Safety (first Aid) Regulations 1981(HSE Short Guide)
The Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations 1989(HSE Short Guide)
Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969(HSE Short Guide)
Noise at Work Regulations 1989(HSE Short Guide)
Working At Height Regulations 2005(HSE Short Guide)
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Regulations 2005(HSE Short Guide)
Reporting of Diseases and Dangerous Occurances Regulations (RIDDOR) 2013(HSESG)
The Dangerous Substances and Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002   (HSE Guide)
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998(HSE Short Guide)
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) 2002(HSEG)
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989(HSE Short Guide)
Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002(HSEG)
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994(HSE Short Guide)
Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) 1999 (HSE Short Guide)
The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012(HSE Short Guide)

Useful HSE Approved Codes Of Practice (“L Series” ACOP’s)
ACOPS interpret Laws/Regulations and sets legal compliancy standards.
They are not legally binding documents but compliance with an ACOP provides evidence of legal compliance
Legal Status of HSE Guidance and ACOP’s
List of HSE “L Series” of ACOP

Useful HSE Guidelines
Guidelines are short HSE documents giving advice on how to complete common workplace tasks in a way that complies with legislation GEIS6     Selection, management & use of MEWPS
HSG17   Safety in the use of abrasive wheels
HSG28   Safety advice for bulk chlorine installations
HSG33   Health and safety in roof work
HSG38   Lighting at work
HSG39   Compressed air safety
HSG40   Safe handling of chlorine from drums and cylinders
HSG47   Avoiding danger from underground services
HSG48   Reducing error and influencing behaviour
HSG51   Storage of flammable liquids in containers
HSG53   Respiratory protective equipment at work: A practical guide
HSG57   Seating at work
HSG60   Upper limb disorders in the workplace
HSG61   Health surveillance at work
HSG65   Successful health and safety management
HSG71   Chemical warehousing: The storage of packaged dangerous substances
HSG76   Warehousing and storage: A guide to health and safety
HSG78   Dangerous goods in cargo transport units : Packing and carriage for transport at sea
HSG85   Electricity at work: Safe working practices
HSG87   Safety in the remote diagnosis of manufacturing plant and equipment
HSG90   Display  Screen Equipment Regulations 1992 as amended 2002
HSG92   Safe use and storage of cellular plastics
HSG97   A step by step guide to COSHH assessment
HSG101 The costs to Britain of workplace accidents and work-related ill health 1995/96
HSG103 Safe handling of combustible dust: Precautions against explosions
HSG107 Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment
HSG109 Control of noise in quarries
HSG112 Managing health and safety at motorsport events: A guide for motorsport event organisers
HSG117 Making sense of NONS: A guide to Notification of New Substances Regulations 1993
HSG129 Health and safety in engineering workshops
HSG132 How to deal with sick building syndrome: Guidance for employers, building owners and building managers
HSG133 Preventing violence to retail staff
HSG136 Workplace transport safety: An employers’ guide
HSG137 Health risk management: A practical guide for managers in small and medium sized enterprises
HSG139 The safe use of compressed gases in welding flame cutting and allied processes
HSG140 Safe use and handling of flammable liquids
HSG143 Designing and operating safe chemical reaction processes
HSG144 The safe use of vehicles on construction sites:
HSG150 Health and safety in construction
HSG151 Protecting the public: Your next move
HSG158 Flame arresters: Preventing the spread of fires and explosions in equipment that contains flammable gases and vapours – now covered in HSG370 – Controlling Fire & Explosions
HSG159 Managing contractors: A guide for employers
HSG166 Formula for health and safety: Guidance for small and medium-sized firms in the chemical industry
HSG167 Biological monitoring in the workplace: A guide to its practical application to chemical exposure
HSG168 Fire safety in construction
HSG170 Vibration solutions: Practical ways to reduce the risk of hand-arm vibration injury
HSG172 health and safety in sawmilling
HSG173 Monitoring strategies for toxic substances
HSG175 fairgrounds and amusement parks: Guidance on safe practice
HSG176 The storage of flammable liquids in tanks
HSG177 Managing health and safety in dock work
HSG179 Managing health and safety in swimming pools
HSG180 Application of electro-sensitive protective equipment – light curtains/light beam devices
HSG186 The bulk transfer of dangerous liquids and gases between ship and shore
HSG187 The control of diesel engine exhaust emissions in the workplace
HSG190 Preparing safety reports : Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 1999 (COMAH
HSG191 Emergency planning for major accidents: Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 1999 (COMAH)
HSG196 Moving food and drink: Manual handling solutions for the food and drink industries
HSG201 Controlling exposure to stonemasonry dust: Guidance for employers
HSG209 Aircraft turnaround: Achieving control, co-operation and co-ordination
HSG210 Asbestos essentials: A task manual for building maintenance and allied trades on non-licensed asbestos work
HSG217 Involving employees in health and safety: Forming partnerships in the chemical industry
HSG219 Managing health and safety in zoos
HSG220 Health and safety in care homes
HSG221 Technical guidance on the safe use of lifting equipment offshore
HSG227 A comprehensive guide to managing asbestos in premises
HSG229 Work related violence: Case studies – Managing the risk in smaller businesses
HSG230 Keeping electrical switchgear safe
HSG232 Sound solutions for the food and drink industries: Reducing noise in food and drink manufacturing
HSG236 Power presses: Maintenance and thorough examination
HSG238 Out of control: Why systems go wrong and how to prevent failure
HSG240 Managing health and safety at recreational dive sites
HSG244 Remotely operated shutoff valves (ROSOVs) for emergency isolation of hazardous substances
HSG245 Investigating accidents and incidents
HSG246 Safety in the storage and handling of steel and other metal stock
HSG247 Asbestos: The licensed contractors’ guide
HSG248 Asbestos: The analysts’ guide for sampling, analysis and clearance procedures
HSG249 Managing sickness absence and return to work: AN employer’s and manager’s guide
HSG250 Guidance on permit to work systems: A guide for the petroleum, chemical and allied industries
HSG251 Fumigation: health and safety guidance for employers and technicians carrying out fumigation operations
HSG252 A recipe for safety: Occupational health and safety in food and drink manufacture
HSG253 The safe isolation of plant and equipment
HSG254 Developing process safety indicators: A step-by-step guide for chemical and major hazard industries
HSG256 Managing shift work: Health and safety guidance
HSG258 Controlling airborne contaminants at work: A guide to local exhaust ventilation (LEV)
HSG260 Sound advice: Control of noise at work in music and entertainment
HSG261 Health and safety in motor vehicle repair and associated industries
HSG262 Managing risks from skin exposure at work
HSG263 Involving your workforce in health and safety: Good practice for all workplaces
HSG264 Asbestos: The survey guide
HSG268 The health and safety toolbox: How to control risks at work
HSG270 Farmwise: your essential guide to health and safety in agriculture
HSG272 Using nanomaterials at work
HSG274 Legionnaires’ disease – Technical guidance
HSG279 Making paper safely: managing safety in the papermaking process
HSG283 Managing infection risks when handling the deceased