Do I need a policy? Having a Health & Safety policy isn’t optional: it’s a legal requirement - and if you have five or more employees it has to be in writing. It should not be seen as a burden, but it is a health and safety commitment and requires leadership from the top levels of the organisation. It is critical to achieve positive and sustainable health and safety outcomes.
Health and Safety Policy Contents:
The policy outlines what risks are faced by the business, as part of their day-to-day activities and also what arrangements are in place to control these, as well as demonstrating who does what, in the business.
The main elements are usually:
- The statement of general policy on health and safety at work sets out your commitment to managing Health and Safety effectively, and what you want to achieve
- The responsibility section sets out who is responsible for specific actions
- The arrangements section contains the detail of what you are going to do in practice to achieve the aims set out in your statement of Health and Safety policy
Your Health and Safety policies provide clear communication, promote a cultural uptake for employee safety and enhance employee engagement.
If you have an effective safety management system then a Health and Safety policy is a key part of the ‘plan’ stage.
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