A written health & safety policy is a legal requirement for any company employing 5 or more staff. The policy should consist of three key sections:
- Statement of Intent (What the company intends to achieve with regards to health & safety – it’s objectives, targets and goals).
- Organisational Responsibilities (Who is responsible for what, from Managing Director and the Board, down through layers of management right the way down to employees).
- Arrangements for Implementation (How the company is going to achieve its aims – the detailed procedures that will be followed to ensure staff remains safe and healthy). This should be specific to the company and might include such topics as risk assessment, training procedures, manual handling, work at height, workplace transport, personal protective equipment, consultation with employees etc.
The Health & Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 also says that the policy must be regularly reviewed and revised, and must be brought to the attention of all employees.
H&S Policy – How We Can Help
Whatever your current position, Cambridge Risk Management can help. If you have no current policy at all, we can work with you to develop a brand new policy.
Maybe you already have a policy, but feel it is a little outdated and not quite to your needs. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we can review and update the policy – trimming any sections not relevant and adding any required sections.
As with all of our services, the level of detail will be proportionate to the level of risk in your business. Our mission statement states that we strive to cut through red tape, so we will keep the size of documents to the minimum required.
Businesses with nothing in place very often need more than simply a health and safety policy. Employers with 5 or more employees also need to conduct risk assessments, and may also have requirements for health and safety manuals and telephone/email support. Please note that the production/review of health & safety policies and many other services can be covered as part of our annual support contracts.