Electricity, fire, gas and other hazardous substances

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For some risks in the workplace, there are particular control measures that you’re required to put in place by law. A few examples of activities that carry a recognised risk of harm are working with chemicals, gas, electricity, asbestos and similar hazardous substances. In addition, anyone who has a level of control over premises is legally expected to take reasonable steps to ensure that any risk of fire is managed, minimised and well prepared for, should the worst happen. If you carry out a high-risk activity, you should also always check whether you need to obtain a licence or notify someone before you start work. Our information and documentation here will assist you with identifying and managing and controlling the higher risks presented by electricity, fire, gas and other hazardous or dangerous substances.


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