It is your responsibility, as an employer, to make sure that your employees work safely and have a safe place to work in. It is also the responsibility of the Assistant (PA) not to do anything, which might cause you themselves or others injury or harm.

It is important to understand that health and safety is not just the responsibility of the employer but of their staff as well. There is a balance between the safety of the Personal Assistant and getting your needs met and there are laws that need careful interpretation to ensure that you and your employee are not putting each other at unnecessary risk.

Local Support Team will offer to carry out a risk assessment to highlight any potential hazards within your home and advise you how to minimise potential risk factors. If you prefer they can advise you how to access training yourself so that you can then undertake your own risk assessments.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation covering work-related health and safety in the United Kingdom. It sets out a lot of your employer’s responsibilities for your staffs health and safety at work. For a copy of the health and safety act please see

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