A well constructed Health & Safety policy sets the direction for the organisation. It demonstrates senior management commitment, setting Health & Safety in context with other business objectives, and makes a commitment to continuous improvement of Health & Safety.
Any company that employs 5 or more members of staff has a legal requirement to have a Health & Safety policy in place.
The document should identify key responsibilities for Health & Safety within the organisation for both managers and staff. It should also identify the Director or key Senior Manager with overall responsibility for implementing the policy.
The general arrangements for Health & Safety should be outlined in the policy.
Dependent upon the type of organisation and the risks involved, the policy may need to be more detailed. This is often provided in manual or handbook format.
The Health & Safety policy should be regularly reviewed to ensure that it constantly reflects your business developments.
AW Safety Management can help:
Our consultants have a wealth of experience working with organisations to design and implement an effective Health & Safety policy.
We can help you with policies in a number of ways:
- Identification of policies needed.
- Writing of bespoke policies for your organisation.
- Designing and delivering training in support of policies.
- Auditing against adherence company policies.
- Review and update of existing policies.
We would be happy to have an informal discussion about your Health & Safety policy and how we can help you meet the requirements.
Q. How Many Staff Do I Have To Have To Require a Health & Safety Policy?
A. If your company employs more than five people, you are legally required to have a Health & Safety policy in place.
Q. How often Should a Health & Safety Policy be Reviewed?
A. A Health & Safety Policy should be reviewed at least once a year.
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