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Introduction to Health & Safety

Employers must ensure so far as is reasonably practicable the health, safety and welfare of their employees.

The key pieces of health and safety legislation that employers must comply with are:

  • Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

To download a copy of an Introduction to Health and Safety please click here

Health and Safety Policy

An employer has a duty to prepare and revise a written statement of general policy regarding the arrangements in place for the health and safety of employees. If your business employs five or more people, this is a mandatory requirement.

To download a template health and safety policy please click here

Risk Assessments

Every employer has a duty to conduct a risk assessment of their premises. If you employ 5 or more employees, you have a mandatory duty to provide a documented risk assessment.

In simple terms, this means that you need to prepare a document which details the following:

  • The activity (e.g. working at heights, manual handling)
  • The potential hazards involved in this activity
  • Who may be harmed and how?
  • What controls are already in place?
  • What further action is required?
  • Who is responsible?

To download 5 steps to risk assessment please click here

To download a template risk assessment, click here

Below is a list of information leaflets for specific types of premises and hazards which you may find useful when completing your risk assessment. 

Business Types Hazards
Bakery Abrasive wheels
Beauty Salons  
Butchers Display Screen
Catering Establishments Escalators
DIY/Builder Suppliers Forklift Trucks
Electrical Sales Hoists/Lifts
Funeral Director LPG
General Retail Steps/Ladders
Hairdressers Manual Handling
Hotels Noise
Mobile Catering Units Pesticides
Motor Show Rooms Play Areas
Offices Pressure Systems
Outdoor Sports Grounds UV Tanning
Petrol Stations Welding
Public Houses Workplace Transport
Residential Accommodation Control of Legionella in Residential Accommodation
Swimming Pools/Spas  
Tool Hire  
Tyre & Exhaust Centres  

Accident Book

An employer is required to provide an accident book on the premises to record certain accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences which happen to both employees and any other person who may access your premises.

If you need to report an accident, please refer to the “Accidents and Injuries - How to report an accident” section on the Health and Safety page (below)

For further information please read the HSENI Riddor NI 97 booklet

Health and Safety Poster

An employer is required to provide an approved poster to inform employees of their health, safety and welfare rights. The poster is called “What you need to know.”

You can order a poster in the following ways:

T: 0333 202 5070
E: customer.services@tso.co.uk
W: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/lawposter-ni.htm


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