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Health & Safety Handbooks

An employee handbook is a document provided to new workers as part of their induction, detailing everything from behavioural standards to leave policies.

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Health & Safety Handbooks

Your Health & Safety Handbook should be the go-to safety document for your team. One major component of any employee handbook is safety. A clear and easy-to-understand safety section in your company's employee handbook can help promote a positive working environment.

Why do I need a Health & Safety Handbook?

An employee handbook is a document that mirrors your company's Health & Safety policy. Handbooks are important because they help communicate health and safety matters, which is essential to avoiding fines, enforcement, and prosecution.

Is it a legal requirement to have a Health & Safety Handbook?

While there is no specific legal requirement to have a Health & Safety Handbook, doing so is a simple and efficient way of communicating key information from your health & safety policy and goes towards your responsibilities to provide information and instruction.

What should a Health & Safety Handbook contain?

Your Health & Safety Handbook should help employees to understand how health and safety are managed in their workplace.

Depending on your business activities, your Health & Safety Handbook may include information on:

  • General personal safety
  • Your accident or incident reporting procedures
  • Your first aid arrangements
  • Your fire and emergency procedures
  • Manual handling aids and techniques
  • The use of display screen equipment
  • Electrical safety
  • Storing and handling hazardous substances
  • Advice on work-related stress
  • Using personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Working at height
  • Your alcohol, drugs, and smoking policy
  • Safe driving and use of mobile phones
  • Arrangements for vulnerable workers, such as young people or expectant mothers
  • The safe use of machinery and equipment
  • Occupational health provisions.

It’s a good idea to get each new employee to sign to accept what your company stands for in terms of health & safety, at their induction.

Who should write your Health & Safety Handbook?

If you don’t feel sufficiently competent to create a Health & Safety Handbook, Stallard Kane can create one for you as part of our Health & Safety service. As a Stallard Kane customer, you will receive regular communication. We will keep you updated regarding any necessary changes in Health & Safety legislation, either in person as part of your contracted audits and site meetings or in our regular news updates on our website or via email.

How to contact

For further assistance for your business, talk to our Health and Safety Team by calling 01427 420 402 or emailing and #oneoftheteam will be happy to help.

"We have been working with Stallard Kane for three years now, during this time they have been extremely helpful, knowledgeable and accessible – it is without a doubt the reason we have come so far in getting our Health and Safety to a very high standard and being awarded the HAE EHA SafeHire certification."
Stuart Slaughter – Plato Catering Hire
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