Charities and volunteer associations – What you need to know about health & safety laws
Author: Duncan Cotterill Law Firm
The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSW Act) is now officially law, and will come into force on 4 April 2016. If you are involved with running a charity or any other organisation with volunteers, or if you do volunteer work yourself, you need to know how the HSW Act will affect you.
What does the HSW Act say?
The aim of the HSW Act is to reduce the incidence of injuries and improve the health of workers in the workplace. It requires people in charge of a business or other type of undertaking to properly assess risks and hazards created by their activities and to remove or minimise them where possible.
The HSW Act sets out the processes to be followed to identify risks, sets up a procedure for the involvement of workers in the management of health and safety, and establishes a regime of inspections and prosecutions to ensure compliance with the HSW Act.