The Law in Malta
According to the GENERAL PROVISIONS FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK PLACES REGULATIONS - 24th January, 2003
The below points should be kept in mind by employers when it comes to the responsibilities of safety at the workplace:
- General duties of employers. 4.
(1) It shall be the duty of an employer to ensure the health and safety of workers at all times in every aspect related to the work.
(2) An employer shall make such appropriate arrangements for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures, taking into consideration the nature of the activities and the size of the undertaking.
(3) An employer shall take all necessary measures for the safeguard of occupational health and safety, and for this purpose shall prevent occupational risks and provide information and training as required:
Provided that for these purposes, an employer shall provide the necessary organisation and means by which to ensure the requisite degree of occupational health and safety standards:
Provided further that, with the aim of improving existing situations, an employer shall be alert to the need to adjust or amend those measures taken to protect workers’ health and safety taking account of changing circumstances.
- Further duties. 5.
Without prejudice to the generality of the provisions of these regulations, an employer shall, after taking into account the nature of the activities of the enterprise and, or establishment -
(a) identify hazards at the place of work and shall avoidrisks to occupational health and safety;
(b) evaluate those risks to the health and safety of workerswhich cannot be avoided and shall combat them atsource;
(c) adapt the work to the individual, especially with regards to the design of work places, the choice of work equipment and the choice of working and production methods, with a view in particular to alleviate monotonous work and work at a predetermined work-rate and to reduce their effect on health.
10. (1) It shall be the duty of every employer and of every self-employed person to carry out, or to ensure that is carried out, a suitable, sufficient and systematic assessment of all the occupational health and safety hazards which may be present at the place of work and the resultant risks involved concerning all aspects of the work activity. Such assessments shall consider the risks to the health and safety of workers and of self-employed persons to which they are exposed whilst at work, as well as the risks to the health and safety of other persons, including visitors to the place of work, which risks arise out of, or in connection with the work being carried out, or by the conduct of the undertaking: Provided that when carrying out such assessments, an employer and a self-employed person shall also take into consideration changes to the work activities being carried out and to the workplace, and shall take appropriate action.