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Health & safety policy guidance

All employers with five or more employees are required by Law to provide a written document detailing the business's or organisation's general policy for health and safety and the organisation and arrangements for carrying out the policy.

The HSE have produced a template Small business safety policy and risk assessment. The HSE also has a Health and safety made simple website for small businesses.

Further guidance on writing a health and safety policy can be found in the document "Writing your Health & Safety Policy Statement - How to prepare a safety policy statement for a small business" available from HSE Books. This can be purchased from HSE Books by telephone order on 01787-881165 or from good bookshops.

The following documents can be downloaded free of charge, as a pdf documents:

  • An Introduction to health and safety INDG 259
  • Managing health and safety INDG 275
  • Director's responsibilities for health and safety INDG 343
  • Need help on health and safety? INDG 322
  • Starting your own business INDG 324

Writing a health and safety policy statement HSC6

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