Health & Safety at work
The basis of British health and safety law is the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
The Act sets out the general duties which employers have towards employees and members of the public, and employees have to themselves and to each other.
These duties are qualified in the Act by the principle of 'so far as is reasonably practicable'. The law requires what good management and common sense would lead employers to do anyway: that is, to look at what the risks are and take sensible measures to tackle them.
Health & Safety around the home
Some 5,000 people die every year in the U.K. as a result of an accident in the home and a further three million people seek medical attention.