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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to ensure appropriate health and safety provisions are made for all work undertaken as part of the mandatory work activity programme.
Under the terms of their contracts with DWP, providers are required to ensure that all participants involved in any way with DWP provision, train and work in a healthy and safe environment with due regard to their welfare. Under Health and Safety Law participants are regarded employees, whether they are paid or not. Providers must, therefore, comply with their Duty of Care under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Act's associated regulations. Providers must ensure that participants receive health and safety induction, training and supervision which are appropriate to the provision being delivered, and that systems are in place for checking this, both within their own organisation and at any sub-contractors.