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The most effective and efficient way for your business and organisation to successfully manage health and safety and to ensure you meet your legal obligations is by implementing a programme to monitor and review health and safety arrangements, policy and procedures.
A well constructed policy won't be cumbersome and will relate directly to your business and staff.
As part of your legal responsibilities, all organisations with five or more employees are required to also document a written policy statement, outlining their arrangements. While not legally required for smaller organisations, doing this can help you ensure you meet your other legal obligations, as well as create clarity and transparency throughout your organisation, saving time and money.
There is guidance available from a number of resources and the Healthy Working Lives team have drafted a worked example that may assist you in constructing your own. Health and safety policy template [PDF]Health and safety policy worked example [PDF]
1. Check your legal requirements2. Carry out staff consultation3. Carry out a risk assessment4. Ensure adequate staff training5. Review/manage plan at regular intervals
Health and safety: quick startReview/manage an existing policyHealth and safety: Legal requirements
Need help? You can also call our Healthy Working Lives Adviceline for free confidential advice, to request a workplace visit, or to register for our Award programme.
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