Health and Safety Policy Writing
Any organisation which employs five or more staff is required to have a written Health and Safety Policy. The purpose of health and safety policy writing is to set out and define how the organisation will manage health and safety, and how it endeavours to protect employees and anyone else who could be affected by their activities. Your policy should be the heart of your safety management system so ensure it’s well-written.
A health and safety policy compiled by Courtley (Health & Safety) Ltd is a written document which comprises four elements:
- a statement section demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to health and safety in the workplace;
- an organisation section which details different employees’ responsibilities and how they fit into the overall safety management system;
- an arrangements section detailing how specific activities are managed in order to realise the policy statement;
- an appendix of example documents used by the company in their safety management system. For example this could be a risk assessment or a COSHH assessments, or the evacuation process in the event of a fire.