The HSE website advises: “It is an employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, and other people who might be affected by their business”, and that “the employer must do whatever is reasonably practicable to achieve this.”
Good management of workplace safety represents not only good business practice, but also it can improve both performance of staff and the business in general. Unfortunately whilst complying and keeping pace with statutory change is extremely time consuming – especially given the growth of the compensation culture – it is essential to ensure you are not left exposed in the event of an accident or injury in your workplace.
Workplace Safety Training & Inspection
By outsourcing to a specialized health and safety advisor, you will be provided with bespoke safety awareness training and inspections which can be used to promote workplace safety, leading to an improved safety culture for all your staff. From shop floor to senior management, specialized training courses are tailored to suit your organisation’s needs.
Workplace Safety Management
Health and Safety management systems will help you to ensure that your staff are adequately trained and that they buy-in to the concept that managing risks within the workplace is as much their responsibility as yours. This will further reduce your exposure to accidents in the work place and subsequent investigations by the Local Authority or the HSE.
Writing a Health & Safety Policy from scratch
Any organisation with five or more employees is legally required to have a written Health & Safety Policy (Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 section 2(3)). It shouldn’t be a complicated document but it does need to be a concise summary, stating how your business manages safety.
If you’re thinking about writing your own Health and Safety Policy there are a few things you’ll need to consider. Your Policy should clearly set out how you manage Health and Safety, who is responsible and when things must be done. Starting a policy from scratch isn’t easy, particularly if you haven’t written one before and you don’t have access to professional advisors.
Some of the things you need to consider are:
A general statement
Health and safety risks
Consultation with employees
Safe plant and equipment
Safe handling and use of substances
Information, instruction and supervision
Competency for tasks
Accidents, first aid and work related ill health
Monitoring – accidents and work related sickness
Specialized Health and Safety advisors can write Health and Safety policies and managements systems for almost every industry; from construction through to care homes and retail to restaurants.
Updating an existing Health & Safety Policy
Once a Health and Safety policy has been written it’s important that it’s regularly reviewed and not just left on the shelf. This should be done whenever changes occur within the business and on a regular basis (at least annually).
Examples of when a Health and Safety Policy will need reviewing include:
If the work process changes
At the introduction of new technology or equipment
When any organisational changes occur
When Changes in legislation occur
If you need help writing a Health and Safety Policy or reviewing one that you have already written, contact specialized health and safety advisors.