Are you an agency/temporary worker
All workers are entitled to work in an environment where the risks to their health and safety are properly controlled.If you are an agency or temporary worker then your health and safety is protected by law and employment businesses (agencies) have a duty to make sure that they follow it.
HSE has published guidance, aimed at employment businesses and businesses that use agency workers. Find out how they should be managing your health and safety. There are particular issues the guidance highlights. Careful attention to them is a key to successful management of health and safety:
- You have a duty to take reasonable care for your own health and safety and that of other people who may be affected by your actions at work.
- You must co-operate with your employment agency, the business where you are working, and your co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements.
- If it is necessary for protecting your health, you must be given personal protective equipment, such as gloves, face masks, hard hats or safety shoes. This should be made available to you free of charge. You must be trained to use it and the equipment must fit you properly. It is your responsibility to use it in line with the training you receive, and to inform the person that provided the equipment if it is lost or damaged.
- If using a computer screen is a significant part of your job then you are entitled to a DSE (Display Screen Equipment) assessment to make sure you are using it correctly.
- You are entitled to a rest break of at least 20 minutes if you work more than six hours at a stretch. You are also entitled to an annual period of paid holiday.
For general information on workplace health and safety, see: