Did you know…..
when you have more than five employees, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, you are required to have a formal health and safety policy? Does this apply to your business?
What is the policy?
The policy describes how you will manage health and safety within your business. It will let staff and others know about your commitment to health and safety.
There are three parts to the policy, the first is a Statement of general policy, this outlines your commitments to health and safety.
The second is the organisation, which outline specific health and safety responsibilities for post holders in your organisation.
Finally the arrangements section, this will include information on items such as accident reporting and investigation, fire safety, manual handling, risk assessments etc.
Note the policy should be signed and dated by the head of the company, usually the Director who has overall responsibility and personal liability.
Why do you need a health & safety policy?
Should you ever be visited by an HSE inspector, your health and safety policy is the first thing that they will ask to see. Good practice is to review the policy regularly to ensure that it is still current and up to date with the most recent legislation. Failure to have an up to date health and safety policy may result in further investigation and can accrue their fees for intervention which is currently £124 per hour. More information can be found on the HSE website – click here.
Where can you get your health & safety policy?