Employers must also carry out activities to ensure thehealth and safety of the workplace, including making arrangements for emergencies,acceptable data and training for employees and for health investigation where appropriate.Employees must work safely in agreement with their training and directionsgiven to them. Employees must also inform the employer or the person in chargefor health and safety of any severe or direct danger to health and safety orany failing in health and safety arrangements.The HSE is the UK government body in authority for applyinghealth and safety at work legislation.
The HSE also plays a major role in givingand promoting advice on health and safety issues, and direction on relevantlegislation. The role of administration is split between HSE and localauthorities depending on the business sector. In addition, HSE conductsinvestigation into the efficiency of regulations and other health and safetyissues, consults with employers and employees representatives, and adviseslegislators and government on health and safety.COSHH is the law that enables employers to controlsubstances that are hazardous to health. It can be avoided or reduce workersexposure to hazardous substances by finding out what the health hazards are. Decidingon how to prevent harm to health providing control measures to reduce harm to healthmaking sure they are used keeping all control measures in good working order, providinginformation, instruction and training for employees and others, providingmonitoring and health surveillance in appropriate cases and planning for emergencies.
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is a nation-wide authorization body forthe United Kingdom. UKAS is recognised by government, to evaluate againstworldwide agreed standards, organisations that provide documents, testing, andexamination and correction services. Itis a government management policy, in line with EC policy, to use the approvalof bodies looking to undertake conformity assessment tasks under Directives andto regard accreditation to the relevant standards series to an appropriatescope as backup evidence that the candidate body pleases the supplies of theminimum criteria.