Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

  • This Act of Parliament is the main piece of Health and Safety legislation in the UK



  • “Regulations and procedures intended to prevent accident or injury in workplaces or public environments”

It places a duty on ALL EMPLOYERS

to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work”

of all their employees,(its is you and the employers responsibility for H&S) with a particular reference to:

Old Workplace Poster
Up-to-date version
Since its introduction in 1974, the Health and Safety at Work Act has had a profound effect on British industry. There have been large reductions in work-related injury and the overall scale of ill health. 


  • Fatal injuries to employees had fallen by 86%
  • Non-fatal injuries had fallen by 77% (to 2011/12)
  • Self-reported non-fatal injuries have fallen (since 2000/01)

Caution! Asbestos!

However - deaths from asbestos-related diseases have increased almost constantly year-on-year with about 10 times as many deaths in 2012 than in 1974, mainly due to exposure to asbestos prior to 1980