Health and safety policy

Last reviewed on 15/09/2014 12:27

​All organisations employing five or more people must have a written health and safety policy.

If you employ less than five people there may still be advantages in having a written policy.

A health and safety policy demonstrates your commitments to health and safety, and states how you will manage occupational health and safety to meet your business or organisation's legal responsibilities.

Health and safety policy statement

Your policy should outline the following:

Statement of intent

  • Your intent as an organisation/employer to provide and maintain a safe and healthy working environment.


  • Who does what in the organisation in terms of occupational health and safety.


  • Identifies the significant health and safety issues and states how they will be managed

Health and safety policy template/example

Health and safety policy blank statement [PDF]

Health and safety policy worked example [PDF]

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