Your business must have a health and safety policy, and if you have five or more employees then it must be formally written down. O J Health and Safety Solutions Limited are here to help you develop a meaningful, accurate and legally compliant Health and Safety Policy which properly reflects your companies activities.
The Health and Safety Policy is set out in three sections:
The statement of general policy on health and safety at work sets out your commitment to managing health and safety effectively, and what you want to achieve
The organisation section sets out who is responsible for specific actions within your company from emergency procedures to risk assessing etc.
The arrangements section contains the detail of what you are going to do in practice to achieve the aims set out in your statement of health and safety policy
The arrangements section should say how you will meet the commitments you have made in your statement of health and safety policy. Include information on how you are going to eliminate or reduce the risks of hazards in your workplace.
The arrangements section also sets out all the additional actions you take to manage health and safety. They could include such things as staff training right through to using signs to highlight risks. It could also extend to improved safety equipment, such as guards or additional personal protective equipment, including goggles, safety boots or high-visibility clothing or even replacing hazardous chemicals with less harmful alternatives. The Arrangements section of your policy should focus your attention on the activities that could present a risk to people or cause serious harm.
A hazard is something in your business that could cause harm to people, such as chemicals, electricity and working at height. A risk is the chance – however large or small – that a hazard could cause harm. The law tells you that the higher the risk the most cost and effort should be put into dealing with that risk.