The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (‘the Act’) is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. The Act is supported by various regulations setting out more detailed legal duties, often covering specific circumstances or working environments.

Amongst other things, the Act sets out the general duties that employers have towards their employees and anyone else who may be placed at risk of harm arising out of their work activities. At the heart of the Act is a requirement that employers must to do what is reasonably practicable to ensure the health and safety of their employees.

In practice, “reasonably practicable” means “balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the real risk in terms of money, time or trouble.” It is not therefore necessary to take action if it would be “grossly disproportionate” to the level of risk.

General Duties

To comply with the general duties under the Act, cricket clubs with one or more employees must provide: - Safe equipment Safe substances Necessary information, instruction, supervision and training A safe and healthy cricket club A safe and healthy ground environment Employees also have a duty to ensure their own health and safety and that of others, including by cooperating with their employer in health and safety matters and not misusing or interfering with items provided for health and safety reasons (e.g. using fire extinguishers to hold open fire doors).

Health and Safety Law Poster

If a cricket club has more than one employee, it is required to fill in and display the ‘Health and Safety Law - What you need to know’ poster in the club house. It is important that the correct poster is displayed, see below for clarity.

 

For a more in-depth look at the Act visit the Health and Safety Executive’s website at http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/hswa.htm and, for an introduction to health and safety practice generally, see http://www.hse.gov.uk/getting-started/index.htm.

This information has been prepared by the ECB as a general guide only in regard to health and safety and does not constitute advice on any specific matter. Further guidance in regard to health and safety may be found on the website of the Health and Safety Executive (http://www.hse.gov.uk) and a number of links to such guidance are incorporated into this information. Whilst it is hoped that the guidance contained below is helpful for cricket clubs, no liability can be accepted by the ECB for any action taken or not taken as a result of this information (or the content of third party websites).