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A Health and Safety Policy outlines the approach a business takes to ensuring the health and safety of persons and employees at work. Where a business has fewer than five employees there is no need for them to have a written health and safety policy. For businesses with five or more employees it is a legal requirement to have a written health and safety policy. Crucially a health and safety policy will display an employer's commitment to health and safety while giving instructions and information to employees, customers and other third parties who have contact with the business.
This document shall provide:
Please note that this document requires companies to carry out risk assessments and other practices required of employers by the Health and Safety Executive.
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This document should be made easily available with and communicated to any employees of the business. It is common to display a health and safety policy is an easily accessible public area so that any persons who may be connected with the business in anyway can easily see the commitment the business has made to upholding standards of health and safety.
Many employers may deal with their employees acceptance of and delivery of this policy in a Company Handbook or in/alongside an employee's Contract of Employment.
In order for this policy to be valid and effective it must be signed and dated by the most senior person in the company. This may be the employer himself or the most senior person acting on behalf of the company, e.g. Managing Director. It is the duty of the employer or the most senior person in the company to ensure that aims, responsibilities and arrangements contained within this document are carried out.
Please note that should this policy be revised or altered at any time, these revisions and alterations must be communicated effectively to employees at the earliest opportunity.
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974;
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999;
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.
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