Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

12 Information for employees generally and health and safety representatives
  • (1) Every employer shall ensure that every employee who does work of any kind, or uses plant of any kind, or deals with a substance of any kind, in a place of work has been given, and is provided with ready access to, information in a form and manner that the employee is reasonably likely to understand about—

    • (a) what to do if an emergency arises while the employee is doing work of that kind, using plant of that kind, or dealing with substances of that kind, in that place; and

    • (b) all identified hazards to which the employee is or may be exposed while doing work of that kind, using plant of that kind, or dealing with substances of that kind, in that place, and the steps to be taken to minimise the likelihood that the hazards will be a cause or source of harm to the employee; and

    • (c) all identified hazards the employee will or may create while doing work of that kind, using plant of that kind, or dealing with substances of that kind, in that place, and the steps to be taken to minimise the likelihood that the hazards will be a cause or source of harm to other people; and

    • (d) where all necessary safety clothing, devices, equipment, and materials are kept.

    (2) An employer must ensure that all health and safety representatives in a place of work have ready access to sufficient information about health and safety systems and health and safety issues in the place of work to enable the representatives to perform their functions effectively.

    Section 12 heading: amended, on 5 May 2003, by section 9(1) of the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 86).

    Section 12(1): amended, on 5 May 2003, by section 9(2) of the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 86).

    Section 12(2): added, on 5 May 2003, by section 9(3) of the Health and Safety in Employment Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 86).