Health and Safety at Work

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The Whole Truth (no date) Should Health and Safety in the Workplace be Considered a Human Right? [online] Available at:[Accessed 25th December 2013]

Obviously health and safety is a necessity in any co-operation or working environment and it is imperative that anyone looking to start their own business or organisation needs to make themselves aware of the legislation so they are complying to all standards. The guidelines set out by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 are there to be recognised and provide a safe and healthy environment to work in. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 also referred to as HSWA, HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA was designed to protect workers in their working conditions by promoting this health and safety awareness. Any business or organisation found not to be following the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 can receive a penalty being either a very hefty fine or even imprisonment.

Health and safety is particularly important in a design practice and any designer must consider certain items before the end design is produced. This can be anything from the identification and avoidance of risk, the quality and risk of a product through it’s lifetime, the maintenance and ergonomics of a final designed product to the actual working environment of a design office.

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) website is easily located and contains all information about acts and necessary rules and regulations which should be followed. The site is extremely easy to navigate round so there should be no excuse why people or unable to comply to these standards.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/hswa.htm

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