Health and Safety at Work Act

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Health and Safety at Work Act

Legislation in the United Kingdom, passed in 1974, that established duties for employers, employees and others to create a safe work environment. The Act contains a number of provisions and obligations. For example, employers are required to provide information and instruction to promote safety, and employees are required to cooperate with employers on these matters.
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The main piece of legislation governing health and safety is The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 which places duties on employers to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all their employees.
The main piece of health and safety legislation in the UK is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSW Act) and applies to most workplaces in England, Wales and Scotland, with some small exceptions.
Total Lindsey Oil Refinery Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSWA) at Grimsby and Cleethorpes Magistrates' Court on 21 March 2006 in that it did not ensure the safety of persons not in their employment.
The company was fined 3000 [pounds sterling] and ordered to pay full costs of 1396 [pounds sterling] following a guilty plea for breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
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