It is the duty of every employer to:
- Secure the health, safety and welfare of persons at work;
- Protect persons who are not at work from risks to their health and safety arising from work activities.
UK Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
To comply with the law it is necessary to write a health and safety policy, prepare risk assessments (including fire risk) and to regularly review and update them.
To ensure you meet all requirements of the law you could undertake a course of study such as IOSH Managing Safely (which many organisations offer either in the classroom or by distance learning).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have published a comprehensive guide to UK Health and Safety Law HSG268 Health and Safety Toolbox which can be downloaded at no charge (in PDF format) from their website or you can purchase a hard copy. It should be read by managers, members of safety committees, and any employee.
For more information see my article on the CQI website Managing health and safety as part of the quality management system