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Health & Safety Policies


Health & Safety Policies

The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 Section 2(3) requires employers to have a written Safety Policy where five or more people are employed.

The Policy should include:

  • A general statement of intent.
  • An organisational structure.
  • Arrangements for achieving the policy aims.

A health and safety policy sets out your general approach and objectives (your vision) and the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business and achieving your objectives.  It is a unique document that says who does what, when and how.

A written policy statement shows your staff, and anyone else, your commitment to health and safety.  It should describe how you will implement and monitor your health and safety controls and be reviewed regularly.

A policy is different from a risk assessment. A policy shows the general vision and arrangements for the complete company and is broader than a risk assessment.  A risk assessment is a systematic review of how you eliminate and control each significant hazard, and whether you are doing enough.

A policy will only be effective if acted upon and followed by you and your staff.

M.E.L. (Health & Safety) Consultants Limited have vast experience in the preperation of comprehensive documentation which enables our clients to create a safer working environment and meet the statutory requirements imposed upon them.  If you would like to discuss creating a company policy with M.E.L. please call a member of our expert consultancy team on 01708 555544.