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The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

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Regulation 4

SCHEDULE 1GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF PREVENTION

(This Schedule specifies the general principles of prevention set out in Article 6(2) ofCouncil Directive 89/391/EEC)(1)

(a)avoiding risks;

(b)evaluating the risks which cannot be avoided;

(c)combating the risks at source;

(d)adapting the work to the individual, especially as regards the design of workplaces, the choice of work equipment and the choice of working and production methods, with a view, in particular, to alleviating monotonous work and work at a predetermined work-rate and to reducing their effect on health;

(e)adapting to technical progress;

(f)replacing the dangerous by the non-dangerous or the less dangerous;

(g)developing a coherent overall prevention policy which covers technology, organisation of work, working conditions, social relationships and the influence of factors relating to the working environment;

(h)giving collective protective measures priority over individual protective measures; and

(i)giving appropriate instructions to employees.

(1)

OJ No. L183, 29.6.89, p.1.

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