Health & Safety Policy
The Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 Section 2(3) requires employers to have a health and safety policy and, where five or more people are employed, it needs to be written.
A health and safety policy should include:
- A general statement of intent;
- An organisational structure;
- Arrangements for achieving the policy aims.
A health and safety policy must establish your general approach and objectives (your vision). It should also determine any arrangements you have put in place, in regard to managing health and safety in your business and achieving your objectives. This policy can be deemed to be a unique document which declares who is responsible for what, when and how.
A written policy statement demonstrates to your staff, as well as others, your commitment to their health and safety. Policies must be reviewed annually as a legal requirement or sooner if there are changes in the organisation.
A health and safety policy will only be effective if acted upon and followed by you and your staff, it will be dated and signed by the person ultimately responsible for health and safety within the organisation.
How we can help
Our experienced consultants can assist you with compiling, regularly reviewing and updating your Health & Safety Policy so that you meet the legal obligations imposed on your business.
If you would like to talk to us about your policy requirements, please contact our expert consultancy team on 01708 555544 or complete the enquiry form.