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Health and safety at work

Bedford Borough Council has a statutory duty to provide a safe place to work and healthy working environment for all of its employees, including those employed on a temporary basis.

In certain circumstances, a broadly similar duty exists towards those persons who, whilst not being employees, are engaged to provide services for the Council. This category includes, but is not limited to, voluntary workers, consultants, contractors and agency staff.

The general duties imposed upon the Council are defined in the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.

Effective control of health and safety is achievable through co-operative effort at all levels and good management practice in risk assessment and control. All employees have a duty to take responsible care for themselves and others and to co-operate with management to enable the Borough Council to comply with its duties.