Health and Safety: The basics
The regulation of Health and Safety in the workplace has undergone a revolution since the current regulations came into force in 1974. New regulations now arrive with ever increasing frequency, making it difficult for employers to keep up to date with the current regulations.
Without a doubt employers want to protect their staff from injury and ill health and at the same time protect themselves from prosecution. But how do you do that when it takes all your time just to run your business?
If you have 5 or more employees you must have a written Health & Safety Policy. We can do this for you.
A Health & Safety Policy: –
- Must specify the organisation (who does what)
- Must describe arrangements (how it is done)
Risk assessments for the workplace:-
- identify hazards (what could go wrong?)
- evaluate controls (what’s in place to prevent the risk happening?)
- evaluate the residual risk (what are the chances it will still happen and how many people could be hurt and how badly?)
- what else needs to be done to reduce the risk to an acceptable level?
You must take steps to implement the findings of the risk assessment.
You must monitor the effective implementation of your Health and Safety Policy.