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What is a Health and Safety Policy?
A health and safety policy enables an employer to establish a commitment to health and safety clearly and indicate the means by which this will be achieved. It can take many forms to suit the needs of the organisation that wishes to use it.
At one extreme, it is little more than a broad indication of aims with guidance to where the detail can be found elsewhere. At the other end of the scale, it can be a large formal set of documentation that is completely comprehensive in its coverage of all aspects of health and safety in an organisation. The depth level depends on the size and complexity of the organisation and how the policy will be used.
Do I need a health and safety policy?
A documented health and safety policy is legally required if you employ five or more people. If you employ less than five employees, you do not have to write anything down but it is useful to do so.
What areas should be included in health and safety policy?
Your health and safety policy should have three parts:
- Statement of intent
States your general policy on health and safety at work, including your commitment to health and safety and your aims
- Responsibilities for health and safety
Lists the names, positions and roles of people in your business who have specific responsibility for health and safety
- Arrangements for health and safety
It gives details of the practical arrangements you have in place, showing how you will achieve your health and safety policy aims.