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If the situation has become one where your own personal safety is at risk, we need to know what legislation we can use and if we have to act what the correct approach is for using force in self-defence. The following acts are relevant in cases such as this. 

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, RIDDOR Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, Dangerous Occurrence Regulations 2013 and the Criminal Law Act 1967.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that:
It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.

‘Reasonably Practicable means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the real risk in terms of money, time or trouble. However, you do not need to take action if it would be grossly disproportionate to the level of risk’.

Section (2) states that the employer provides the provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees;

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires:
Firstly, Identifying the hazards of the work, secondly the assessment of the risks involved and who is at risk and finally the implementation of measures to avoid or control the risk. The assessment also needs to be documented.

RIDDOR puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises (the Responsible People) to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences or near misses)

So What are ‘reportable’ injuries?

The following injuries are reportable under RIDDOR when they result from a work-related accident:
• The death of any person;
• Specified Injuries to workers;
• Injuries to workers which result in their incapacitation for more than 7 days
Injuries to non-workers which result in them being taken directly to the hospital for treatment, or specified injuries to non-workers which occur on hospital premises.