The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999


The duties of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, because of their wide-ranging general nature, overlap with many existing regulations. Where duties overlap, compliance with the duty in the more specific regulation will normally be sufficient to comply with the corresponding duty in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.

For example, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (CoSHH) requires employers and the self-employed to assess the risks arising from exposure to substances hazardous to health. An assessment made for the purposes of the CoSHH Regulations will not need to be repeated for the purpose of the Management of Health at Work Regulations.

The theme running through these Regulations is essentially that of risk assessment; they set out broad general duties which apply to all kinds of work and workplaces.

Employers must:

  1. assess the risks to the health and safety of their employees and to anyone else who may be affected by their activity, so that the necessary preventative and protective measures can be identified.
  2. make arrangements for putting into practice the health and safety measures that follow the risk assessment.

The main 12 requirements of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 are:

  • formal risk assessment
  • formal management control system
  • specific protective and preventative measures on the part of employers
  • health surveillance
  • competent person appointments
  • arrangement of 'necessary contacts' with external services
  • procedures for serious and imminent danger
  • information for workers
  • inter-employer co-operation
  • job-specific training
  • capability assessment
  • further and detailed employee duties