Task Safety

All about Task Safety

Some of what’s in this overview and section will be familiar to you as this topic links with the sections on Risk Assessments and Accidents and Incidents. However, it is important to have a clear understanding of how human behaviour can affect the safety of work tasks, even when excellent health and safety provision is in place.

Some tasks are covered by specific legislation and while it is not practical to list every one of them in this section, we do give you an insight into the most common of these types of tasks.


  • Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • The Management of Health and Safety in the Workplace Regulations 1999
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAH)
  • Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM)
  • Etc

Frequently asked questions

Research the particular task on the HSE website. They have a very good search engine – just put the term into the box and press enter. Because it is such a huge resource, it is likely that you will be presented with possibly hundreds of pages to choose from, so refine your search – maybe include “relevant legislation” in the search box – until you can find the information you need. It is probable that you are fully aware of the rules governing your particular work activities, but it is always worth confirming that you are right.

Risk assessment! Our favourite document. For example, if you are risk assessing a piece of work which requires a worker to carry a heavy load into a confined space using a hoist you could easily have to comply with Manual Handling Regulations, Confined Spaces Regulations, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations as a minimum! Instead of concentrating on the legislation, break the task down into its constituent parts, risk assess each “part” and you will automatically be complying with the law. Once the risk assessment is completed, you can check the Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) for each piece of legislation to reassure yourself that you have missed nothing out.