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Safety Policies

It is a legal requirement that employers with five or more employees should have a written health and safety policy. Other employers must at least have carried out risk assessments, which are best written down, and meet all relevant health and safety requirements, including those relating to training and informing their staff.

The Safety Policy sets out the commitment to health and safety, and details who is responsible, and for what. It also usually incorporates a summary of the arrangements for ensuring safety in the workplace.

The policy demonstrates your commitment to the safety and welfare of your staff and others who may be affected by your work. There are usually the following sections:  

  • A general declaration based on your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974;
  • Overall organisation and the responsibilities of the people within it:  The Managing Director; Managers; Supervisors and employees;
  • Arrangements for a Safety Committee, or for staff consultation;
  • Specific arrangements, for issues such as Risk Assessments, First Aid, Accidents, Training, Mainenance of plant, Equipment and Services, Fire Safety, Contractors and Chemicals;
  • Arrangements for review of the policy - usually annually.

 

The HSE provide advice and guidance on writing a safety policy including an example policy and templates that you can download and complete.

 

Information is also available from the Environmental Health Service on 01237 718099.

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