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Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974

.....it shall be the duty of every employer to prepare and as often as may be appropriate revise a written statement of his general policy with respect to the health and safety at work of his employees and the organisation and arrangements for the time being in force for carrying out that policy, and to bring the statement and any revision of it to the notice of all his employees.

What is a health and safety policy?

A health and safety policy is a plan detailing how you are going to manage health and safety issues. It consists of three elements:

1) Statement of Intent what you are setting out to achieve.
2) Arrangements what must be done to achieve your objectives
3) Responsibilities details those with delegated responsibilities under the policy

Your policy should set out your commitment to managing your risks and meeting your legal duties. It should also inform people in your business of their duties towards health and safety at work and the steps that they need to take in order to fulfil those duties.

If you employ five or more people you must have a written health and safety policy statement and a record of your health and safety arrangements. You need a written document so that you and your workforce are clear about who's responsible for what. If your business employs less than five people you are not legally required to have a written health and safety policy statement. However, you must still ensure that you work safely - a written policy can help you do this.

PaSS Consultancy

We can assist you in drawing up a policy which addresses the legislative requirements, the health and safety issues common to all organisations, and those specific to your company.

PaSS can also supply the policies and procedures that are required to support your individual safety management system.