The Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978
The Order imposes duties on employers to look after the health and safety
of their employees and responsibilities on employees to comply with the measures put in place for their
health and safety.
There are various regulations made under this Order concerned with health
and safety at work including:
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (NI) 2000
- Workplace (Health Safety and Welfare) Regulations (NI) 1993
- Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations (NI) 1992
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (NI) 1999
- Manual Handling Operations Regulations (NI) 1992
- Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations (NI) 1993.
regulations require that employers carry out risk assessments and provide employees with information
and training where necessary.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (NI) 2000 sets
out more explicitly what organisations must do to comply with the Health and Safety at Work (NI) Order.
The Health and Safety Executive in GB has published an approved Code of Practice for use with
the regulations, (Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 Approved Code of Practice)
which has been approved for use in NI by the Health and Safety Executive (NI). It can be downloaded
or purchased from http://www.hsebooks.com/Books
The Code has a special legal status – a court will take account of whether an organisation has
followed the Code in prosecutions for breach of health and safety legislation, unless the organisation
can prove that they complied with the law in some other way.
Records management considerations
Organisations should retain equipment maintenance records, records of
assessments and training records etc for appropriate periods, as proof that they are complying with
the law and maintaining the safety of their employees. Retention of these records will also assist organisations
to appropriately defend against any legal action and comply with investigations carried out by the Health
and Safety Executive NI and/or RQIA.