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Guernsey: Health and safety

Original and updating author: Jessica Roland, Mourant Ozannes
Consultant editor: Darren Newman


  • Workplace health and safety is governed mainly by the Health and Safety at Work (General) (Guernsey) Ordinance, 1987, accompanying Regulations and various approved codes of practice. (See General)
  • Employers have a statutory duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • There is no statutory requirement for employers to appoint safety representatives, and no statutory entitlement for employees to elect or appoint such representatives. (See Safety representatives)
  • The Guernsey Health and Safety Executive enforces compliance with health and safety legislation, and its inspectors are empowered to conduct inspections, and issue improvement and prohibition notices. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • Employers must take out an approved insurance policy with an authorised insurer against liability for bodily injury or disease sustained by their employees in the course of employment. (See Compensation for occupational injury or illness)