You have a right to work in an environment where risks to your health and safety are ‘properly controlled’. Your employer has a responsibility to provide that.

In 2009-10, 28.5 million days were lost due to work-related illness or injury.

Employers are both legally and morally obliged to take reasonable measures to protect staff from any injury or illness that might arise as a result of the conditions they are working in. They also have a duty to make staff aware of any health and safety issues that exist, as well as providing training in how to sit properly, use equipment etc.

Employers also have a responsibility to report any serious accidents or illnesses to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – that’s normally anything that prevents you from working for more than 3 days.

Your Employer’s Responsibilities

These include:

  • Providing safety training on any equipment that you use as a part of your job
  • Making you aware of any potential risks and hazards
  • Carrying out risk assessment
  • Ensuring you are provided with any protective clothing and equipment you require to carry your job out as safely as is possible.


If your employer has failed to meet his or her expectations and you suffer an accident at work, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.