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Volunteers (Fact sheet)

The Act recognises that people doing volunteer work should have their health and safety protected because their wellbeing and work are as important as that of the employees and paid workers they work alongside. The Act provides for the health and safety of all volunteers, but enforceable duties are only owed to volunteers whose voluntary work is regular and ongoing, and the work that is performed is an integral part of the business.

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Last updated 13 September 2013

PLEASE NOTE

On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.