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Every organisation has a legal obligation to manage occupational health and safety and to ensure they have appropriate arrangements in place at all times, whatever their size or type of organisation.
The benefits of a well managed health and safety system outweigh the impact in time, money and productivity to your business that can arise when poorly managed.
All businesses or organisations, whatever their size or type, must:
Appoint a competent person
To help you meet your health and safety duties. This does not have to be an external consultant. It can be someone within your company who has had the necessary training.
Make suitable arrangements for management, review and control
Of all your health and safety measures and procedures, as well as reviewing/managing procedure.
Have a health and safety policy
A good health and safety policy doesn't need to be cumbersome but should relate directly to your staff and your business.
Risk assessments identify hazards in your workplace, they help you to put sensible controls in place which prevent accidents and ill health.
Carry out staff consultation
You need to consult with all staff on issues that could affect their health and safety at work.
You must provide free health and safety training for your staff.
Adequate staff welfare facilities
As well as considering the welfare needs of certain employees, eg. pregnant women or those with disabilities.
You must have a clear system for reporting accidents and incidents. This should include a procedure for reportable incidents.
Display a health and safety law poster
Or issue each employee with the Health and Safety Executive leaflet, Health and Safety Law: What you need to know.
Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance
Most businesses with employees are required to have Employer Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI).
First aid arrangements
In the event of employees becoming ill or injured at work.
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Create a health and safety policy
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You can also call our Adviceline for free confidential advice, to request a workplace visit, or to register for our Award programme which recognises and accredits good practice.
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