All employers are legally obliged to look after the health & safety of their workers. Managing workplace increases employee health, safety, and wellbeing – helping you to avoid potential legal penalties.
Download our free statement template, alongside our health & safety policy template. With both policies, you can effectively manage and reduce workplace risks and accidents.
What is a health & safety policy statement template?
The first part of a health & safety policy is the health & safety policy statement. (Also known as a statement of intent, in some circumstances).
The Health and Safety Executive covers three main categories for health & safety policies and procedures:
- Statement of intent.
- Responsibilities for health & safety.
- Arrangement for health & safety.
The statement outlines safety objectives which are both measurable and not measurable.
Of course, different businesses will have individual health & safety issues, depending on their workplaces.
So, it’s beneficial for all employers to have health & safety management aims in an overall statement. After which, you can introduce a more tailored policy, suitable at a local level.
Why do I need a policy statement?
The statement outlines how a business intends to manage these issues and meet legal requirements and objectives.
Employers have a duty of care for all employees within their business. Ensuring workers don’t have accidents and injuries whilst they work for you.
Not following health & safety legislation can have direct impacts on both you and your workers. Employees potentially face workplace accidents and injuries, resulting in physical and psychological impacts. And employers can also face:
- Fines and compensation payments.
- Tribunal claims.
- Business disruption and closure.
What should I include in a health & safety policy statement?
Most health & safety policies are unfortunately quite basic and express vague aims for improving the workplace. Instead, your statement of intent (and health & safety policy) should include more specific and realistic aims, like:
- Identify work hazards.
- Introduce management methods for workplace risks.
- Meet the basic legal requirements.
- Assign responsible workers to manage H&S.
- Provide information, training, and support.
- Review health & safety policies.
- Deal with health & safety performance.
- Provide resources for reaching targets.
All employers should ensure that everyone accepts and follows your health & safety policy statement.
Peninsula provides expert advice on workplace health & safety
The workplace can present a multitude of accidents and injuries. So, it’s vital that employers have safety practices and relevant training.
Commitment to health & safety for workers will lead to a positive business outcome and workforce morale.
Peninsula can introduce a health & safety at work policy template perfect for your business. We offer expert employment health & safety advice. And also provide services on risk assessment and safety training.
Peninsula clients also get access to 24/7 HR consultation for workplace health & safety requirements. And if you are not yet a client, you can still enjoy free advice from one of our business experts. Simply call us on 0800 028 2420.
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