YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES

1 | Health and Safety at Work etc Act.

The Health and Safety At Work etc Act came into effect in 1974 and is the basis for all health and safety legislation. Section 2(3) says the employer must prepare, and revise when necessary, a statement of general health and safety policy.

The health and safety policy sets out your general approach to health and safety and states how you intend to meet your health and safety obligations and responsibilities.

The health and safety policy must also provide the information employees require to work safely and support the company’s health and safety targets and goals.

You must share the policy, and any changes to it, with your employees and also ensure your staff understand the policy.

2 | Health and Safety Policies

Policies are important because they demonstrate that you have taken the necessary steps to set out guidelines and processes to avoid problems. For example, in the case of alcohol and drug abuse, an employer should make it clear what the rules are, what help is available to those with problems, and what penalties might apply for a colleague or employee under what circumstances. Policies also protect your business because with these in place the rules are clear and communicated to colleagues and workers, so problems are much less likely to occur in the first place.

If you are a contractor, you need to have appropriate policies in place for accreditation with CHAS or other certifying bodies, and in most cases also for applications for inclusion on approved contractor lists. And you usually need to confirm that you have policies in place when tendering for projects.

We can provide you with a set of activity and workplace policies to suit the needs of your business and team. So that you have the policies you need to promote safety in the workplace and to comply with your legal obligations we will suggest all or some of the following:

  • 01a Health & Safety Policy
  • 01b Training Policy
  • 01c Environment Policy
  • 01d Environment Protection Plan
  • 01e Accident Reporting Procedures
  • 01f PPE Provision and Use
  • 01g Lone working Policy
  • 01h Alcohol and Substance abuse Policy
  • 01i Anti discrimination Policy
  • 01j Smoking Policy

3 | How much does this cost?

We would be happy to prepare H&S Policies for you, valid for a year. We can also review your polices annually in line with legislative requirements.

Our usual fee for preparing a suite of policies for your company is £350.

We will:-

  • Get to know the work you undertake
  • Send out draft policies for your approval
  • Provide final versions

We also provide an annual policy review and update, the fee for this is £125.

We will:-

  • Remind you 6 weeks before your policies are due to be reviewed
  • Review your policies
  • Update policies as required
  • Send out draft policies for your approval
  • Provide final versions

Please bear in mind that individual policies may require amendment more than once in a year due to circumstances such as inspections, accidents or a change of work processes. We can provide support if you require mid-year changes.

Please contact us if we can be of service in providing policies for you.