Does your Company have only a very basic Health and Safety Policy?
Or perhaps it’s very comprehensive but little read, and little understood?
In our view (and that of the HSE), Health and Safety policies are the foundation for ensuring you have safe people, premises and practices. It’s also important that your H&S Policy reflects your Management commitment to high standards, rather than being just a ‘health and safety manual’ that attempts to put the onus all onto employees.
Frequently these days, companies are asking for copies of Health and Safety policies when vetting those who supply them or those they contract work to.
Therefore, having legally-correct and up-to-date policies will put you at a competitive advantage and save you wasting time when these requests come in.
In summary, a well-written set of Health and Safety policies:
- Protects the Company in the case of a prosecution or claim.
- Spells out everyone’s duties and responsibilities and legitimises actions you take to ensure the safety of your employees and others.
- Pulls together and records the actions you’re taken to comply with the law.
- Informs new staff as to your Health and Safety arrangements and sets the tone for the safe conducts of all employees.
- Sells your Company to others as a responsible entity.
- Helps you sleep at night!
Using our years of experience in writing Health and Safety policies we can produce a bespoke set of Policies that you can be proud to show to your staff, contractors, visitors etc.
How do we do it? Well, using our sound legal knowledge as a background we collect information from you and your staff during a ‘mini health and safety compliance audit’. From that, we’ll know what you’re doing well and what you need to improve on – and that in turn will inform whether each policy section is written in a ‘this is our approach…’ or a ‘we’re going to be working on…’ style.
Of course, just as important as writing good Policies is the gaining of their acceptance by staff who are supposed to work to them!
We can help you on this too – by facilitating the consultation process with staff prior to policies being adopted, and then explaining the purpose of the new policies when they’re being implemented.
To get the ball rolling, we offer a free review of Health and Safety policies to 4 businesses per month within our catchment area.
Contact us to take advantage of this free advice.