The festive season is underway and with it come the Christmas work parties that are a great way to celebrate a successful year and thank your employees.
But there are risks for employers at Christmas work events, especially where alcohol will be served.
It’s important that you are aware that you may be liable under Health and Safety legislation, even if the work party is held off-site.
What the legislation covers
Employers are required to provide employees with a safe workplace, protecting them against harm.
The Act is clear that employers must, “so far as is reasonably practicable” ensure that the health and safety of employees is not put at risk.
In the case of a work party where alcohol is being served, there is increased potential for that to affect someone’s behaviour and put others at risk.