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Statutory and Legislative Requirements for UK Hospitals

Listed below are a number of statutory and legal guidelines that owners and occupiers of hospital premises must adhere to in the UK. These are continually changing in the light of new evidence and experience. Reference should be made to these documents at the time of application.

Some of the commonly cited legislation can be viewed in the list below. The list is not exhaustive, but is intended to demonstrate the range of issues that should be considered. All references to guidance/legislation/standards should be compared to those current at the time of application. Latest published guidance always takes precedence.

Key Publications

Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974

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Factories Act 1961

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The National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990

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Consumer Protection Act 1987

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Disability Discrimination Act 1995

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The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

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Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

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Confined Spaces Regulations 1997

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The Working Time Regulations 1998

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Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981

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The Controlled Waste Regulations 1992

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The Environment Act 1995 (Commencement No. 3) Order 1995

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Town and Country Planning Act 1990

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The Control of Pollution Act 1974

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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

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Water Industry Act 1991

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Water Resources Act 1991

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Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999

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Control of Lead at Work Regulations 2002

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The Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986

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Noise Statutory Nuisance Act 1993

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Radiation

The Ionising Radiations Regulations 1999

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The Radioactive Substances Act 1993

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Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000

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Fire

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

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Food

The Food Safety Act 1990

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The Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995

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The Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995

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Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002

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Electrical

Electricity Act 1989

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Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

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The IEE On-Site Guide - BS 7671:2001 (2004)

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The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994

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The Plugs and Sockets etc (Safety) Regulations 1994

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Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 1992

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Mechanical

The Gas Appliances (Safety) Regulations 1995

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Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

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The Lifts Regulations 1997

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Noise at Work Regulations 1989

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The Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000

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The Pressure Equipment Regulations 1999

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The Simple Pressure Vessels (Safety) Regulations 1991

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The Building Regulations 2000

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