Guernsey health and safety legislation does not merely look at safety issues going on inside the workplace, consideration must also be given to the impact that a work activity may have on persons outside, for instance the general public. Thus an employer or person in control of premises must ensure that no-one is endangered by their undertaking.
An employer must ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees. Employers of more than five persons must formulate a Health and Safety Policy. The Policy should be a working document based on sound risk assessments, it needs to be formulated by management, for staff and must be brought to their attention.
Employers (unless they are exempt) must also take out and maintain approved insurance policies with authorised insurers against liability for bodily injury or disease sustained by their employees in the course of their employment in Guernsey, Herm or Jethou.
The Health and Safety Executive has produced a number of guidance documents on some of the main health and safety issues in workplaces. The documents are as follows (and can be downloaded below) -
- General Guide (which will be especially valuable to those setting up businesses and managing small firms)
- Guide for Employers
- Guide for Employees
- Guide for the Self-Employed
- Guide of Employers Liability on Compulsory Insurance
- 5 Steps to Risk Assessment
The Health and Safety at Work etc. (Guernsey) Law, 1979 also requires employers of labour to maintain a record of certain acts and occurrences. A form for recording these acts and occurrences can be downloaded below.
Designers and manufacturers have a very important role to play in health and safety. Equipment, plant and buildings must be designed with safety in mind, it should be a prime factor at an early stage, as often it is difficult to build in safety at a late stage. Guernsey legislation places specific and far reaching duties on designers, manufacturers etc.
If you are an employer or a person in control of premises you have a legal duty to report accidents which fall within certain criteria. You should consult the information leaflet that can be downloaded below
Document downloadsHSE - General Guide Health and Safety Executive General Guide The Employee H&S Guide for Employees The Employer H&S Guide for Employers The Employer's Liability H&S Guide on Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) The Self Employed H&S Guide for the Self Employed 5 Steps to Rick Assessment Risk Assessment Leaflet Health and Safety FAQs Health and Safety Frequently asked question Report Form - Injury etc Report Form for an Injury, Disease or Dangerous Occurrence E-coli 0157 Information on E-coli 0157 Register of Acts & Occurrences General Register for Places of Employment
Health and Safety ExecutivePO Box 459, Raymond Falla House, Longue Rue, St Martins, GY1 6AF, Guernsey
Tel: +44 1481 234567 Fax: +44 1481 235015