Policies & Procedures

Even for small organisations with fewer than five employees, implementing policies remains vital, as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). While it may not require strict documentation, having a written policy aids in compliance and a deeper understanding of health and safety regulations.

Key Points:

  • Employee Understanding: It’s crucial that all employees comprehend their responsibilities and follow health and safety policy and procedures. New hires or role changes should include induction training to inform them about the policy. Regular reinforcement through toolbox talks or refresher training is equally important.
  • Policy Elements: A well-structured health and safety policy showcases your organisation’s commitment to safeguarding all affected by its activities. As per Section 2(3) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, the policy should:
  • Clearly outline the employer’s general health and safety policy.
  • Describe the organisation’s arrangements for implementing the policy.
  • Be periodically reviewed for effectiveness and relevance to the organisation’s operations.

Why It Matters:

Having a robust and well-communicated health and safety policy is not just a matter of compliance; it’s a testament to your organisation’s dedication to employee well-being and adherence to regulatory requirements. It underlines your commitment to protecting all stakeholders affected by your operations.