Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

Before its repeal, this Act was administered by: Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment
  • repealed
  • Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992: repealed, on 4 April 2016, by section 231(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (2015 No 70).
2A All practicable steps

(1)

In this Act, all practicable steps, in relation to achieving any result in any circumstances, means all steps to achieve the result that it is reasonably practicable to take in the circumstances, having regard to—

(a)

the nature and severity of the harm that may be suffered if the result is not achieved; and

(b)

the current state of knowledge about the likelihood that harm of that nature and severity will be suffered if the result is not achieved; and

(c)

the current state of knowledge about harm of that nature; and

(d)

the current state of knowledge about the means available to achieve the result, and about the likely efficacy of each of those means; and

(e)

the availability and cost of each of those means.

(2)

To avoid doubt, a person required by this Act to take all practicable steps is required to take those steps only in respect of circumstances that the person knows or ought reasonably to know about.

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