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Health and Safety Executive

Workers' health and safety

All workers, whether they are permanent staff, agency or contractors, need to be aware of issues that affect their health and safety at work.

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  • All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. The primary responsibility for this is down to the employer.
  • Both workers and employers have a legal responsibility to look after health and safety at work together.
  • Workers have a right to join and be represented by a trade union.
  • Workers who contribute to health and safety at work are safer and healthier than those who do not.

Your right and responsibilities

Workers' memorial day

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The International Workers' Memorial Day takes place on 28 April every year. It is intended to remember all those killed at or by work.

More on workers memorial day

Worker involvement

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Find out how employers can involve employees and their representatives in health and safety

Worker involvement website

Overseas workers

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Help for overseas workers and their employers to understand their roles and responsibilities under British health and safety law.

Overseas workers website

Safety representatives

Safety Representative

Useful information to help safety reps do their work, and materials to use in your workplace.

Visit safety reps pages

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