Health & Safety: Made Simple: Write your Health & Safety Policy
What is a Health & Safety Policy?
A Health & Safety policy is a documented record of how your business plans to effectively manage and ensure, as much as reasonably as possible, the health, safety and welfare of its employees. This must also include others who are not its employees, such as visitors, contracted workers and customers. The document should show who does what, and when and how they do it.
Do I / my business need a Health and Safety Policy?
The Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 places duties on all individuals at the workplace from the employer to the employee, the self-employed and others involved with the business along.
By law f you have five or more employees: you must have a written policy. However it is often good practice to record these matters anyway and the process does help to think about and control risks in a logical way.
A policy will only be effective if you and your staff follow it and review it regularly.
How do I write a Health and Safety Policy
A Health & Safety Policy doesn't need to be complicated or time consuming. To help you write your we have created a template you can use to write yours! You can download it for free from our resources area here.
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