Health and Safety Executive: Health and Social Care – Frequently asked Questions

These FAQs help illustrate the nature of some of the issues that the Health and Safety Executive routinely gives advice on. The list is not exhaustive and further questions and answers may be added at a later date. The FAQs cover:

  • Lifting equipment and manual handling
  • Health and Safety training
  • Second hand tobacco smoke
  • Health and safety responsibilities when employing PAs to work in your own home


Please note that the information contained in this Handbook is provided for guidance purposes only. Every reasonable effort is made to make the information accurate and up to date, but no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by Self Directed Support Scotland or any other contributing party.

The information does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice. You are strongly advised to obtain specific, personal and professional advice from a lawyer about employment law matters, or an accountant/ tax specialist about taxation matters, and from HMRC and your insurers. You should not rely solely on the information in this Handbook. Support organisations listed in this Handbook can help you find appropriate sources of advice.