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C&G Unit 201/501: Health and safety in building services engineering

ByTrevor Linsley

Many governments have passed laws aimed at improving safety at work, but the most important recent legislation has been the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, the employer is responsible for ensuring that adequate instruction and information is given to employees to make them safety conscious. Construction work is defined as any building or civil engineering work, including construction, assembly, alterations, conversions, repairs, upkeep, maintenance or dismantling of a structure. The Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002 are issued by the Department of Trade and Industry. They are statutory regulations which are enforceable by the laws of the land. The rules and regulations of the working environment are communicated to employees by written instructions, signs and symbols. All signs in the working environment are intended to inform. Most accidents are caused by either human error or environmental conditions.