Health and Safety in Scotland

As an employer in Scotland, you’re responsible for providing a safe workplace for your employees under health and safety law. Find out how to do this.

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As an employer in Scotland, you’re responsible for providing a safe workplace for your employees. This means providing an environment free from serious recognised hazards and complying with the standards, rules and regulations of UK health and safety law.

You must assess risks in your workplace, as well as keeping employees informed about how they are protected, and how they should deal with any risks.

It’s a criminal offence if you fail to protect the health, safety and welfare of all your employees at work. Penalties can include:

  • Unlimited fines
  • Remedial and publicity orders
  • Imprisonment

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides guidance to help you make your business safe space.