A written safety policy is required by law for any undertaking with 5 or more employees. The Health and Safety at Work etc., Act 1974, states, under section 2 (3) that:
It shall be the duty of every employer to prepare and as often as may be appropriate revise a written statement of his general policy with respect to the health and safety at work of his/hers employees and the organisation and arrangements for the time being in force for carrying out the policy, and to bring that statement and any revision of it to the notice of all of his employees. This is an absolute
It is therefore good practice for every business to have in place a safety policy as it contains a company’s philosophy and objectives in respect of health, safety and welfare.
UK Safety can write your safety policy or review and update your existing policy. UK Safety will liaise very closely with management to ensure it knows exactly what the policy is referring to and how it will operate once we have left. The creation of this sound, practical safety policy provides an organisation, whatever its size, with a firm foundation from which to set up, implement, monitor and review a sound management system.
This will effectively take care of all health and safety matters in the workplace leaving the organisation free to carry on its main activities and secure the health and safety and welfare of all employees and others.
The policy should be comprehensive and must be communicated to every employee. Increasingly small to medium enterprises placing tenders for work will require sight of the respondent’s policy in part judgment of their health and safety standards.
It is therefore essential for the policy to relate specifically to the business to which it applies. Safety policies must be unique and each one should be bespoke and reflect the individual needs of the company for which it is written.