Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
The (UK) Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is sometimes discussed in the "injuries" part of courses in GCSE PE in the context of sports injury prevention. Safety is important when participating in physical activities as well as in other aspects of life such as in the home, while travelling, and in science laboratories. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is a law that applies to workplaces of many different types including schools, leisure centres and sports facilities of various types - as well as offices, factories, research environments and other types of work places.
It is not necessary to remember detailed information about the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in order to achieve a good grade for GCSE PE.
The key points are:
Workplaces including schools, colleges, leisure centres, sports centres and sports stadia e.g. football stadia have a legal duty of care to sports performers i.e. people who are using the facilities to participate in sporting activities.
They also have a duty of care to other people on the premises, incl. e.g. coaches, trainers, spectators and other visitors.
Seven features of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974:
The 7 aspects of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 listed below indicate the steps that organizers of sporting events (of all types - from school PE lessons to the London Olympics 2012) should follow in the interests of the safety of sports performers in the UK.
More information about the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974:
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is actually called the "Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974" and is sometimes referred to as HASAW or HSW. It is the main law (which is sometimes referred to as a "piece of legislation") stipulating the minimum occupational health and safety considerations and requirements in the United Kingdom (UK).
All employees working in the UK have the right to do their jobs in places where risks to their health and safety are considered and managed appropriately. The purpose of health and safety rules is to try to prevent people from getting hurt at work or becoming ill as a result of their work, e.g. due to the long-term effects of the tasks they perform or the substances they are required to work with. Employers are responsible for health and safety but employees are also expected to contribute to safety in the workplace by following certain rules (which depend on the particular working environment) and by respecting and using correctly all safety equipment provided.
Information about Health and Safety Law is displayed in UK workplaces. This is often provided in the form posters with lists of "What employers must do" and "What employees must do" together with references to sources of further information.
Details of the Health and Safety at Work Act are available at:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1974/37/contents (link correct last time we checked).