Create a Health and Safety Policy

Sentient’s Health & Safety Policy consultants 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.

what needs to be within a health and safety policy?

Here’s a short list of what we’d expect to see in your Health & Safety policy:

Statement of Intent – This describes how you plan to manage Health & Safety in your business, your safety principles and goals and how the health and safety policy will be communicated to employees.

Delegated Responsibilities – This section in the policy explains who in the organisation has responsibility for what element of Health & Safety and can be done by means of an organisation chart.

Arrangements – Varies from organisation to organisation depending on the type of work completed. It describes the arrangements by which you manage each aspect of Health & Safety policy, how you manage risk associated with that aspect e.g. working at height, and who in the company is responsible for making sure that the actions identified actually happen.

Policy Communication – Details how you will make sure that anyone in the business or outside the business (such as contractors, visitors etc) who may be affected by your activities is made aware of the Health & Safety Policy.

Monitoring – Any actions highlighted in the Health & Safety policy that should be performed periodically must be monitored. If the document calls for quarterly inspections but these are forgotten or inconsistent, then there will be repercussions if the HSE inspector asks for the monitoring reports in a scheduled visit, or in light of some sort of incident or reported accident.

Review – Health & Safety Policy documents should be reviewed at least annually or in the light of any Health & Safety event or organisational change.

Our Health & Safety policy consultants are available 24 hours a day to provide advice on anything; from how to complete documents associated with fire risk assessments, to how to deal with events ensuing from a major Health & Safety incident. Our Health & Safety policy consultants based in Leeds 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.