A health and safety policy sets out your general approach, objectives and the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business.
Under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 any employer who has five or more employees must produce a written safety policy. The policy must be signed by the senior executive and dated. As it is intended as a live document, it must be reviewed on a regular basis, and revised to account for any changes in the law or in working procedures.
The policy is separated into 3 sections; Policy statement, Responsibilities and Arrangements.
The health and safety policy states senior management commitment, setting health and safety in context with the other business objectives and making a commitment to continuous improvement of health and safety performance.
The policy will identify key responsibilities for health and safety within the organisation for both managers and staff, and identify the person with overall responsibility for implementing the policy.
The general arrangements for health and safety within the organisation should be outlined in the policy.
Dependent upon the type of organisation and the risks involved, the policy may need to be supplemented by more detailed arrangements, often provided in manual or handbook format.
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