The main purpose of health and safety legislation is to prevent unsafe acts or situations arising in any workplace, thus reducing the likelihood of accidents occurring and preventing injury or loss of life. Safety legislation provides clear information and guidance for all occupations and workplaces, it has been formulated to assist and protect the employer, the employee, and others.

Risk occurs, it is an inevitable factor but it must be managed in order to create a safe working environment for employees and our clients.


Health and safety is taken seriously At Macclesfield Council and we understand our duties as an employer. It is our intention to fully embrace all aspects of health and safety legislation applicable to our business.

We intend to manage and conduct our activities safely so as to avoid any harm to employees or others that are affected either directly or indirectly by our activities.

Our safety management system and documentation has been prepared following Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defined guidelines as set out in HSG65 and utilises agreed principles to achieve our intentions, a safe place of work. It follows the Plan, Do, Act, Check concept of risk management.

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Safety Management System

The Macclesfield Council safety management system consists of the following elements:


Our policy is provided to state our intentions and set a clear direction for employees to follow. We expect all our employees to understand and comply with our arrangements.


We have on going commitments to achieve our intentions and maintain standards. To help us meet these commitments employees will be empowered to assist with tasks. Information is provided to employees describing responsibilities and duties of key people within our business. We will provide training where needed.

Arrangements and Procedures

To ensure the workplace is safe and risk is managed effectively we have devised safety arrangements and procedures. These are referred to within the health and safety policy and include emergency procedures.

Internal Audits

It is important that we fulfil our duties with respect to legislation that our business attracts. Continuous improvement is vital to help us maintain our standards and achieve compliance; we have devised a set of internal audit forms to help with this task.

Control of Documents

An amendment status record is included at the end of this section. This information helps us to manage and control our documentation ensuring it remains current.

The policy will be reviewed at least annually. The date of review will be indicated on the Statement of Intent.

Legislation Overview

There is a moral obligation on employers to take care of everyone at work and those who might be affected by the work undertaken. This is reflected on Common Law and in Statute Law and enforced by the regulatory authorities. Health and safety legislation goes further than just ‘common sense’ or ‘reasonable care’ and places duties of absolute, practicable or reasonably practicable care.

As an employer you must have a clear understanding of the duties placed on you and ensure that you have ‘suitable and sufficient’ assessments, systems and control measures in place.

Your initial meeting with the Safety Consultant will highlight the key areas of concern for your Business and the Policy Manual and Procedures written for you will form the basis of your safety management system. This must be supported with training for your staff at the appropriate level and detail.

Identifying the relevant legislation and implementing safety systems is the first step to compliance – maintaining standards with regular checks and audits is also required. The enforcement agencies will expect compliance at all times and this is the best way to avoid accidents and incidents occurring.

Failure to comply with the law – regardless of whether there has been an accident or incident can result in enforcement action and fines, especially following the implementation of Fee for Intervention (FFI) in 2012 which allowed the HSE to charge for their visits when a breach is noted.

Copies of the key pieces of legislation (Acts and Regulations) are freely available on line and this is supported with more user friendly publications in the form of ‘approved codes of practice’ and ‘guidance notes’ from the Health and Safety Executive – ( We suggest you obtain copies in the first instance of the legislation of most relevance to you. These documents provide information on the fundamentals for establishing a sound health and safety management system and will also be reflected in your procedures in the safety manual.

A summary of the key legislation is provided below – for your information.

Using the information provided during the initial health and safety visit we have identified legislation that we consider is applicable to your business. The following list has been compiled to help draw your attention to this information and to your duties as an employer or as a nominated health and safety co-ordinator for your business.

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
  • Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2006
  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Amendment) Regulations 2003
  • The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
  • The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
  • Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Health and Safety Information for Employees (Amendment) Regulations 2009
  • Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 and Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977
  • The Working at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007
  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  • Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • Control of Vibration at Work Regulation 2005
  • Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015

Management of Documentation

Macclesfield Council Proprietor, Craig Smith is the person nominated to maintain and control this document and will ensure that all amendments are incorporated and that each revision or re-issue is recorded together with a dedicated Health and Safety Consultant from Wirehouse Employer Services, Toni Pullen-Feaver Grad IOSH.

Issue Details

Issue Number

Reason For Issue / Re-Issue





Wirehouse ES Ltd

December ‘15




Oct 2017





Amendment Details

Amendment Date

Reason For Amendment







































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