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Health and safety

On this page you can find articles, books and online resources on health and safety rules and legislation.

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Featured article

Get well SOONER
This article looks at how human resource (HR) professionals can address the problem of long-term sickness absence of employees.

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Featured book

Tolley's health and safety at work 2019
(LexisNexis, 2018)
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.

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.

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Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.


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.

Ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees

This chapter of the handbook looks at the employers responsibilities with the regard to the health, safety and welfare of employees whilst at work and includes a sample health and safety policy.

Health and safety

This chapter on health and safety looks at the employer and employees responsibility for health and safety under The Health and safety Act etc 1974, European law and common law with case law examples.

Health and Safety

The ICSA Director's Guide explains all the core duties and liabilities of being a director from appointment to resignation, including disclosures, shareholder relations and corporate governance. Chapter 10 gives an overview of the director's responsibility for the health and safety in a company.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Safety first, wellness third

The article focuses on creating a workplace that supports holistic, inclusive and enduring mind-body health. Topics include understanding basic safety needs; reducing the risk of long-developing injuries; and creating a work environment and culture that promotes health comprehensively and encourages employees to work in a way that aligns with their preferences.

Get well SOONER

This article looks at how human resource (HR) professionals can address the problem of long-term sickness absence of employees, examining topics including the emerging culture of presenteeism and its impact to HR professionals trying to manage their workforce's absence levels, cost of long-term sickness to employers in the private sector and mental health as a major cause of long-term sickness.

Health and safety sentencing guidelines: The impact on business

Kizzy Augustin assesses the impact of the new sentencing guidelines for health and safety offences.

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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, safety and wellbeing (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.

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