How to…write a health and safety policy

You must have a written health and safety policy if you have five or more employees.

So how do you write one? Here’s a very brief guide.

Businesses usually put their policy into three sections.

  1. A general statement of intent, which establishes your commitment to implementing health and safety effectively and your expected outcomes.
  2. Responsibility and organisation. Who is doing what? For instance, who will carry out risk assessments?
  3. Arrangements. The details of what you are going to do in practice in order to achieve the outcomes outlined in #1. It should include information on how you will reduce or eliminate the risks of hazards in your workplace highlighted in your risk assessments. Staff training can be referenced here.

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