A Health and Safety Policy is required by law (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 section 2(3)) if you have 5 or more employees. To achieve legal compliance your Health and Safety Policy should be a written document and must describe how you will manage health and safety in your business by setting out who in the organisation is responsible for doing what, when and how. A Health and Safety Policy is a definitive statement of your commitment to the health and safety of your employees and is key to reducing accidents, and cases of work related ill-health. It should form part of your Risk Management Strategy.
While the employer is ultimately responsible for the organisations Health and Safety Policy, the tasks involved in its implementation can be delegated to members of staff. Your Health and Safety Policy should therefore make it clear who has been assigned what task, such as first aid or reporting of accidents.
Employers are also responsible under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, for assessing the risks associated with the work activities and recording anything significant.
What should a Health and Safety Policy include? It must include the following:
A Health and Safety Policy document does not have to be long or complicated but can be confusing for the employer to put together. Sentient’s Health and Safety Policy advisors develop a policy specifically for your organisation, help with the identification of your significant risks and the resulting need for documented risk assessments that need to be completed. We also provide an audit of your current policy and practises to make sure that nothing has been missed.
Our Health and Safety Policy consultants are available 24 hours a day to provide advice on anything from how to complete documents associated with fire risk assessment to how to deal with events ensuing from a major health and safety incident. Our health and safety policy consultants are here to ensure that the policies and procedures you set up are both effective and manageable. With their vast amount of experience they will be able to advise quickly what will work and what won’t work, saving your organisation time and money in the process.