The Health and Safety at Work Act

The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 took effect on 4 April 2016. This page links to information for volunteer-involving organisations which are affected by the new law.


This information sheet provides general information for volunteer-involving organisations, volunteers, and volunteer officers affected by the new law.

The Officer’s Role

A person who is involved in managing your organisation (such as a volunteer board member) has special obligations to exercise due diligence to ensure the health and safety requirements are met.

The Volunteer’s Role

As a volunteer you have a right to be in a safe and healthy workplace. You also have an obligation to take reasonable care for your own health and safety and to make sure you don’t affect the health and safety of others.

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