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Health and safety

Compliance with health and safety regulations is essential for any business or employer. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to guidance, legislation and useful organisations.

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Featured article

How can employers avoid new higher health and safety fines?
Much higher health and safety fines come into force from February 2016, particularly for large organisations. Jon Cooper explains the new penalties and offers guidance on how to avoid hefty fines.

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Featured book

Tolley's health and safety at work 2017
(LexisNexis, 2016)
This handbook is intended as a reference guide to health and safety in the workplace. Using a user-friendly A-Z format, it explains the latest legislative changes and how they affect the role of the health and safety manager.

To borrow this book please contact the Library.


The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Practical risk assessment handbook

For staff conducting or involved with risk assessment.

Health and safety handbook: a practical guide to health and safety law, management policies and procedures

A guide to H&S compliance for medium-sized businesses.

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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Case law: Court clarifies when facts known by junior employees are to be treated as 'known' by the employer


Businesses that entrust specific tasks to employees should make sure their policies, procedures and training require them to pass on health and safety-related facts they become aware of when carrying out those tasks to more senior managers. This is because any such facts will be treated as 'known' by the company as a whole if there is a workplace accident, the Court of Appeal has made clear.

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Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Comply with basic employment law


Employment law is a complex area that is full of pitfalls. Getting it right means keeping in touch with developments, thinking out your policies and implementing them with care. Getting it wrong could be extremely expensive.

Get key business strategies right


Business owners must remain focused on the key issues that ultimately determine success or failure. With dozens of different tasks competing for your time, you need to identify activities that will make a real difference to long-term success.

Health and safety law


Looking after health, safety and welfare is not just a legal requirement - it makes commercial sense. Failing to manage health and safety properly can be far more costly than getting it right in the first place.

Health and safety risk assessment


Faced with the mass of legislation, meeting your health and safety requirements can seem an enormous task. Fortunately, the most critical part of managing health and safety - risk assessment - is relatively straightforward.

Legal responsibilities of community organisations


Volunteers at community organisations are often surprised to discover that their legal responsibilities are little different from those of businesses run for profit. For example, a community organisation that fails to comply with health and safety regulations risks harming people in just the same way as a business does.

Produce sustainable products and services


Consumers and other businesses are increasingly making purchasing decisions based on environmental and sustainability concerns. Making your products and services more sustainable can protect your livelihood as well as the planet.

Stress management


Work-related stress affects both employers and employees. Managing workplace stress can reduce illness and absenteeism, improve workplace relations and productivity, and help you avoid making bad business decisions.

Working time regulations


Regulations covering working hours apply to almost every business. Working time regulations aim to improve health and safety by controlling the hours employees work.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

How can employers avoid new higher health and safety fines?

Much higher health and safety fines come into force from February 2016. Jon Cooper explains the new penalties and offers guidance on how to avoid hefty fines.

Can you really get healthier at work?

From yoga to nutritious snack packs, four employees test how beneficial workplace wellbeing and health interventions are in real life.

Looking ahead

How investing in corporate eye-care plans can help employers identify staff not just with ocular conditions but with problems such as raised blood pressure, diabetes and raised cholesterol levels.

Sound advice

Approximately one million UK employees are at risk of developing industrial deafness; Chris Tindall explains the legal options available to an employee who feels their workplace has caused deterioration in their hearing.

"Ssh...The grownups are talking"

Focuses five different types of bullies, with advice on how to prevent their corrosive behaviour.

Age concerns

British companies are facing new challenges in relation to dismissing employees based on retirement age.

Useful links


The primary legislation covering occupational health and safety within the UK is the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Statutory Instruments

The following six Statutory Instruments, known as the ‘six pack’, implement key European health and safety directives.

Additional regulations include:

A complete list of Acts owned or enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Statutory Instruments owned or enforced by the HSE or local authorities is available.

All UK legislation and regulations are archived on Legislation.gov.uk. The ICAEW Library also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation, including the latest revisions. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.

Guidance and publications

Health and safety at work
Information from Gov.uk on a range of health, safety and premises topics aimed at employers.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Government body responsible for legislation and codes of practice. The website provides comprehensive guidance by topic and industry, including:

Health and Safety Executive Scotland
HSE information dedicated to legislation in Scotland. It covers differences in health and safety in Scotland, statistics, research, enforcement and news.

Health and Safety (TUC)
Advice from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) covering a wide range of health and safety issues.


British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
Services from the research and professional awareness group includes technical publications, training and qualifications.

British Safety Council (BSC)
The BSC researches and lobbies on occupational health and safety issues, providing training, qualifications and audit and advisory tools.

Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (IIAC)
Scientific advisory body working on issues related to industrial injuries benefit. Access positions papers, reports, news and list of prescribed diseases.

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
Independent not-for-profit organisation for health and safety workers in Europe. Plenty of information is available online including guidance, reports, papers and training materials.

International Stress Management Association (ISMA)
Based in the UK, the ISMA is a registered charity promoting best practice and professional standards in stress management. Access articles from Stress News, research papers and reports and an excellent collection of links.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
A registered charity providing advice, information, professional qualifications and training on the prevention of accidents in all areas of life.

UK National Work Stress Network
A voluntary organisation offering information, policies, legislation and risk assessment on work-related stress.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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