Business owners are legally required to enforce all the applicable Health & Safety standards in the workplace they manage. UK health and safety legislation applies to all businesses, irrespective of their size, number of employees, and type of employment offered (full and part-time). Under UK law, all employers have a duty of care both towards their staff and their customers, as well as towards any members of the public, suppliers, or visitors that may be in the business premises.
UK's Health and Safety Executive
General Information about Health and Safety at Work
Health and Safety information for managers
Introduction to Occupational Health by ROSPA

Health & Safety in the Workplace - Checklist

The checklist you will find below has been created with the objective to inform UK business owners about their legal duties.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive checklist. For comprehensive information, please use the links provided below:
Health and Safety Toolbox
Guide to Health and Safety Risk Assessments
Health and Safety for Small Businesses
COSHH (Hazardous Substances) Essentials
Maintaining Electrical Equipment
Food & Drink Preparation guidelines
Working at Height
Noise at Work
Workplace Temperatures
Work-Related Stress

Legal Framework and Legislation

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 governs health and safety procedures in the UK. The Act appoints the H&S Executive a regulatory body with law enforcement powers. Parts of the act may be modified, but business owners are responsible for staying informed of any changes made to occupational health and safety law. Business owners must also be aware that different business sectors are subject to industry-specific guidelines and regulations.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (full text)
Health and Safety Guidance by Industry
Health and Safety Legislation News