The lynchpin of the legal framework for health standards at work is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act). This Act extends earlier laws such as the Factories Act 1961, the Mines and Quarries Act 1954 and the Offices, Shops and Railways Premises Act 1963. The gist of the HSW Act requires employers to maintain conditions which are without risk to health, “so far as is reasonably practicable.” Employers must also make arrangements for first aid treatment of injuries (under First Aid at Work Regulations, 1981).
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