What is Health and Safety?
Health and Safety,is used to ensure that the employer and employee can work in a safe and secure environment. Anywhere that this sign is shown, Health and Safety is taken seriously.
What are the regulations?
- LOLER (Lifting Operations and lifting equipment regulations 1998)
- Working at heights (2005)
- Health and Safety at work act (1974)
- Management of Health and Safety at work regulations (1999)
- Electricity at work regulations (1989)
LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations)
These regulations require that lifting equipment, used on a day to day basis, must be checked annually. For theatre use, LOLER will be used for lifting/moving heavy objects, such as ladders, access towers and lanterns. This regulation states that after each item (if applicable) has been checked, a risk assessment form must be carried out then filled in and, handed in to the most competent person i.e supervisor/manager. The LOLER act covers equipment, such as, Lanterns, stage blocks and access towers.
Working at Heights (2005)
This act was put in place on 6th April 2005. It is there to ensure that people working above ground level can do so safely and with confidence. This regulation applies to all equipment and persons, working at heights. For Theatre, this is a good act, as technicians need to climb ladders/access towers, to reposition lanterns. The reason for this legislation is to prevent injury, as working at heights can be fatal.
Health and Safety at Work Act (1974)
This act puts into place, the duty of care upon both employer and employee. This gives the employer and employee the responsibility of making sure that, all persons in the work area, are using equipment safely and responsibly. This also includes self employed persons.
Management of Health and Safety at work regulations 1999
This act states that every employer should make a sufficient assessment of the safety of potential/current employees and what hazards they are exposed to whilst in the working area. A risk assessment should be documented and revised, for if there is any changes to the risk. These assessments must be checked annually.
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
This law is obliged to carry out a programme of testing and checking maintenance. The testing should be carried out when:
- Any electrical equipment is used by any employee
- Where the public can use appliances (hospitals, schools etc.)
- When electricals are hired
These laws are designed to improve safety of a public area and workplace.