Health and Safety – Information for Employers
If you take on an apprentice, or agree that one of your existing staff can complete an apprenticeship programme, you will need to show that you are complying with health and safety legislation and codes of practice. As the apprentice is employed by, you have a responsibility to provide the same protection for their health, safety and welfare as for other employees. This will include the following:
- Risk Assessments should have been carried out which identify hazards, risks and control measures. This is a legal requirement under the Management Regulations. The risk assessment should be communicated to all staff, and training should be given on the application of safe systems of work and all risk control measures.
- If your apprentice is a “young person” (under the age of 18) then additional requirements exist because of their possible lack of awareness of existing or potential risks, immaturity and inexperience.
- Personal protective equipment must be provided, free of charge, in accordance with the outcome of the risk assessments. You must also ensure that PPE is properly used and replaced as and when necessary. Apprentices are required to provide their own working clothes (including wet weather clothing, wellington boots etc).
- Accidents or injury must be reported and recorded, and you must ensure that first aid treatment is given as necessary. If any accident or incident is reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurance Regulations (RIDDOR), then you have a legal responsibility to report it to the Health and Safety Executive.
- You must have adequate employer’s liability and other insurances as required by law and display the certificate prominently within the work place.