Health & Safety Consultancy, Information & Management
The Health and Safety Executive have listed a number of areas to be covered when developing a health and safety policy:
• A Statement of Intent (outlining goals, objectives and targets for health and safety)
• Organisational responsibilities (management and employee accountabilities).
• Arrangements for Implementation (how the organisation/business will achieve the aims - this is particular to each company and will include local health and safety issues).
Health and safety policy statement - Statement of general policy, signed and date
Responsibilities - overall, day-to-day
Health and safety risks action needed to remove / control
Consultation with employees
Safe plant and equipment
Safe handling and use of substances - COSHH assessments
Information, instruction and supervision
Competency for tasks and training
Accidents, first aid, work related ill health
Monitoring conditions and safe working practices
Emergency procedures fire risk assessments, escape routes, fire extinguishers, alarms, evacuation procedures
Health and Safety Policies:
Whatever the size of your organisation Sussexsafety.net can cut through the red tape and help you develop a brand new health and safety policy or update your existing one in order to meet the HSEs requirements.
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The policy statement should be reviewed and possibly revised in the light of experience, or because of operational or organisational changes. It is useful to review the policy regularly (e.g. annually).
What does the Health and Safety Executive say?
Health and safety policies are a legal requirement for companies who employ 5 or more members of staff (Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 section 2(3)). Normally health and safety policies consist of three segments:
Safety requirements vary from organisation to organisation and the law does not specify the form that your safety policy must take.
For most smaller organisations with only one workplace a single document will usually be sufficient. If you have several sites or a number of large departments then you may require a more detailed document.
For smaller businesses the HSE has produced a simple one page health and safety policy template with a completed example
Our health and safety policy know-how helps cut through the red tape.