Health & Safety in the modern workplace
A MFI Furniture Group case study

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Page 4: Statutory requirements

In addition to the Health and Safety at Work Act, MFI must abide by many law and safety regulations. Following UK membership of the EU, several sets of Safety Regulations have arisen from directives agreed by member states to ensure common standards of Health and Safety throughout Europe. Member states must introduce laws and regulations which comply with EU directives.

Important examples include:

  • The Control of Substances (Hazardous to Health) Regulation 1994 (COSHH)
  • The Noise at Work Regulations 1989
  • The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1992*
  • The Manual Operations Regulations 1992*
  • The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992*
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992*
  • The Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992*
  • The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992*
  • The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR)
  • The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994
  • The Construction (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1996

* One of six sets of regulations simultaneously introduced from 1st January 1993, known affectionately as 'The Six-Pack'.

Apart from safety regulations, safety standards are also set out in codes of practice, guidance notes and British or European standards which detail best practice.

The first hurdle to meeting all these standards is to keep abreast of changes as they take place. Only a small proportion of the total mass of regulations and standards will relate to any one business.

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