HSAWA

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HSAWAHealth and Safety at Work Act (UK)
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Under the existing Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSAWA), employers have a statutory duty to take all reasonably practicable measures to protect workers from risks to their health and safety whilst at work.
However HSAWA is limited to UK territory and territorial waters, though it does include UK registered ships, aircrafts and offshore installations, but at present has no application outwith those areas relating to sending employees overseas to work in potentially hazardous locations.
However, because offences under HSAWA relate to poor management of risks, the offence may occur in Scotland even if the consequence of that is an incident abroad, meaning a the company and the individual manager responsible could face prosecution in Scotland if a worker is exposed to a foreseeable risk of harm whilst working abroad.