Introduction to this document

Register of health and safety legislation - work equipment

Our register provides a good summary of the law which may apply to your business. It’s particularly useful if you’re going for certification such as OHSAS 18001. This part is on the topic of work equipment.

How should you use it?

It’s designed to set out the various pieces of core legislation which apply to your business. We’ve included the most common Acts and regulations which apply, leaving you to simply add anything a bit more unusual associated with your area of specialism.

It has columns headed:

  • Legislation”- where we’ve listed Acts and regulations relating generally to the topic, as well as lifting operations, pressure systems, protective clothing and equipment, extraction of hazardous substances, work at height, vibration, noise, display screens, electricity and safety signs. These include notes on the different legislation which applies in Northern Ireland.
  • Summary- where there’s a brief description of the requirements imposed by each piece of legislation
  • Regulator- which lists whether the HSE or the local authority is the relevant enforcing authority; and
  • Aspects of activities affected- where you’re invited to “describe how and why the legislation affects you” and where you should, “refer to internal documents”.

You should check over all of the suggested content, but in particular you’ll need to tailor the last column to reflect the health and safety arrangements you have in place.