Is OSHA in the UK
EHS is important, whichever language you speak – At face value, this is all good fun, but it shows the importance of understanding each other, and understanding business, clients and health and safety in other territories. Of course, that means understanding the nuances between words, phrases and acronyms between the United States and the United Kingdom.
- To illustrate the point, think about what we call OSHA – the Occupational Health and Safety Administration – in the US.
- Over in the UK, the equivalent would be the HSE – the Health and Safety Executive.
- American workplace safety is governed by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, while the UK legislation is termed the Health and Safety at Work etc.
These are just differences in the same language, so it really highlights the importance of clarity and knowledge sharing, especially in a time where global communication and collaboration is so important.Anyway, it’s probably time to call it a day, put on a sweater/jumper, head down to the parking lot/car park in the elevator/lift and go home to our apartment/flat.
Maybe we can settle this later over a game of noughts and crosses. I mean tic tac toe. : The differences between US & UK English in the health and safety industry Shirley Parsons
What is the OSHA legislation in the UK?
For straightforward guidance on how to comply with the health and safety law, go to The basics for your business, The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. It’s sometimes referred to as HSWA, the HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA. It sets out the general duties which:
employers have towards employees and members of the public employees have to themselves and to each other certain self-employed have towards themselves and others
You can read the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 in full on legislation.gov.uk. You can find out about health and safety law in our guide Health and safety at work: criminal and civil law,
Who is the head of the HSE?
Bernard Gloster takes up role as new CEO of the HSE tomorrow – HSE.ie.
Government’s fire and rescue priorities – The Home Office sets priorities for fire and rescue authorities through the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England. The current priorities are:
make appropriate provision for fire prevention and protection activities and response to fire and rescue related incidents identify and assess the full range of foreseeable fire and rescue related risks their areas face collaborate with emergency services and other local and national partners to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the service they provide be accountable to communities for the service they provide develop and maintain a workforce that is professional, resilient, skilled, flexible and diverse.
View the fire and rescue national framework, which sets out the government’s priorities and requirements for fire and rescue authorities in England.
Who is responsible for enforcing general and process fire precautions on construction sites UK
What you need to do – The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) sets out the law on construction site general fire safety. The FSO requires that a ‘responsible person’ must carry out, and keep up to date, a risk assessment and implement appropriate measures to minimise the risk to life and property from fire.
The responsible person will usually be the main or principal contractor in control of the site. You should identify sources of fuel and ignition and establish general fire precautions including, means of escape, warning and fighting fire, based on your fire risk assessment. In occupied buildings such as offices, make sure the work does not interfere with existing escape routes from the building, or any fire separation, alarms, dry risers, or sprinkler systems.
Key issues are:
- Risk assessment
- Means of escape
- Means of giving warning
- Means of fighting fire
Construction of timber frame buildings will require significant additional measures – please refer to the specific guidance listed.