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Energy Act 2013

Section 102: General duty of employees at work in relation to requirements imposed on others

471.Subsection (1) of this section places a general duty on employees, whilst at work, to co-operate with those who have duties under the relevant provisions (defined in subsection (5)(b)), as far as is necessary, to enable those duties to be complied with. An example of such co-operation would be to comply with a nuclear safety policy implemented at a site as part of a responsibility under a relevant statutory provision.

472.Failure to comply with this provision is an offence which is triable either way. This section does not apply to duties relating to the Nuclear Safeguards Act 2000 or any regulation made under section 74(10) solely for nuclear safeguards purposes (see subsection (5)(b)).

473.Similar provision already exists in section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in relation to requirements imposed by or under the relevant statutory provisions of that Act. The duties under that section already apply in relation to many duties that the ONR will be responsible for enforcing under the Act (including provisions of the Nuclear Installations Act 1965 and regulations relating to the carriage of radioactive materials). Replicating this provision in the Act ensures that the regulatory framework is not changed when functions are transferred from the Health and Safety Executive to the ONR.

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