What are the HSE working time regulations?
The HSE working time regulations are a set of rules that govern the maximum number of hours that employees can work in a week and the amount of rest that they must have. The regulations are designed to protect workers' health and safety and prevent fatigue.
The main provisions of the HSE working time regulations are as follows:
- Maximum weekly working time: On average, employees must not work more than 48 hours per week over 17 weeks.
- Daily rest: Employees must have a daily rest period of at least 11 consecutive hours every 24 hours.
- Weekly rest: Employees must have a weekly rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours every 7 days.
- Night work: Employees who work night shifts (defined as working between midnight and 6am) must have a night work assessment and must be given adequate breaks and rest periods.
- Annual leave: Employees are entitled to at least 28 days' paid annual leave per year.
Some exceptions exist to the HSE working time regulations, such as for workers in specific industries or occupations. However, employers must still ensure that their employees are not working excessive hours or being put at risk of fatigue.
If you are concerned about your working hours or your employees' working hours, you should contact the HSE for advice.
Here are some tips for employers to comply with the HSE working time regulations:
- Keep accurate records of employee working hours.
- Make sure that employees are taking their breaks and rest periods.
- Monitor employee fatigue levels and take steps to address any concerns.
- Provide employees with information and training on the HSE working time regulations.
By following these tips, employers can help ensure that their employees work safely and healthily.