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The European Union

On 1st January 1973 the United Kingdom became a member state of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Community (EEC) as it was known then. Working as a state at a European level rather than a national level the EU has many benefits such as fighting illegal immigration, environment issues, employment rights and workplace law.
Multiple health and safety regulations in the UK are a result of European directives. Directives are a defined end result that member states are required to achieve.

In 1992 six health and safety regulations were introduced in the UK by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC). The HSC was the body reasonable for introducing health and safety regulations in the UK at this time. These regulations were the result of an EU directive on workplace health and safety. Collectively the regulations became known as “The Six Pack”.

They are:-
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • Safe Use of Work Equipment, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations
Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) accompany the regulations and can be purchased from our online store.

EU Legislation