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Health and safety at work

There are rules and regulations that apply to lots of workplaces to help keep you safe and well and prevent workplace deaths.

Your employer has to ensure that you have a safe working environment. There should be training and protection, such as safety boots or guards on machines to make sure you are not injured.

Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility – including yours. You must follow the advice given in any health and safety training that you receive.

If you are unhappy with aspects of health and safety, tell your employer. If this fails, contact the relevant organisation:

  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) covers the following workplaces: factories, building sites, hospitals, mines, farms, fairgrounds, quarries, railways, off-shore oil and gas installations, nuclear installations and schools. Go to the HSE website for further advice.
  • Your local council covers other workplaces, including shops, offices, care homes, sport and leisure facilities, and hotels and catering establishments.