Health and Safety Policy

Every business should have a clear policy for the management of health and safety so that everybody associated with the business is aware of its health and safety aims and objectives and how they are to be achieved.

A good health and safety policy will also enhance the performance of the business in areas other than health and safety; this is commonly known as an integrated management system.

It is the duty of every employer (with 5 or more employees) to prepare and regularly revise a written statement of the health and safety policy.

The essential elements of this policy are:

•  A statement of intent

•  Organisation – to clearly state the roles and responsibilities of the staff

•  Arrangements – systems/procedures of how work is to be carried out safely