Under The Work Act of 1974, the Health and Safety Executive as well as local authorities are tasked with enforcing occupational health and safety legislation in Great Britain. This along with other acts and statutory instruments with regard to the work environment form the primary basis of legislation responsible for occupational health and safety standards in Great Britain.
It is required that employers ensure, to the extent that is practically possible, the health, safety and welfare of their employees as well as anyone else directly or otherwise associated with their business activities.
The health and safety work Act 1974 effectively covers everyone involved with a particular work activity including both employed and self-employed, manufacturers, designers and suppliers.
These health and safety laws have been specially developed and drafted to protect the safety interests of employers, employees and the general public,