Health and Safety Policy Statements
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Construction Policy Statements
Guidance on writing an effective Health and Safety Policy Statement and keeping it up to date. At the same time it should help you to check whether you are doing all you are required to do for your employees' health and safety.
The leaflet does not set out to give an authoritative interpretation of the law. The legal requirements themselves are however reproduced in full. What is meant by the organisation for carrying out the policy? It is important to realise that the H&S at Work Act places responsibility for H&S, with very few exceptions on you as employer. Many of the duties arising from that responsibility may however have been delegated to managers and supervisors and your statement should show clearly how these duties are allocated. This will become your organisation for safety.
Whilst the overall responsibility for H&S rests at the highest management level, all individuals at every level will have to accept degrees of responsibility for carrying out the policy. Whenever possible, key individuals or their appointments should be named and their responsibilities defined. In a small firm one person may be responsible for all other employees and report direct to you but in a larger firm, particularly where there are a number of different processes, the structure is likely to be more complex and diagrams may help to explain it clearly.
It is equally important that employees should be able to see from the statement how they fit into the system, what their own duties are and to whom they should go for advice, to report an accident or a hazard, or to obtain first aid or other help. Why do I need a H&S statement? If you employ five or more people you must, by law, have a written statement of your health and safety policy. This should be your own statement, specific to your firm, setting out your general policy for protecting the health and safety of your employees at work and the organisation and arrangements for putting that policy in to practice. The statement is important because it is your basic action plan on health and safety which all your employees should read, understand and follow.
The legal requirement aside, a safety policy statement can bring real benefits. If it is well thought out, has your backing, commands respect and it is thoroughly put into practice, it should lead to better standards of health and safety. Managers and employees will see the importance of the policy and will be encouraged to co-operate.
Our Construction Health and Safety consultants are able to produce, all health and Safety related documents including, project specific Method Statements and Risk Assessments and Pre- Tender Health and Safety Plans. Oldham Associates have in house specialist expertise of Contract Management and Contract Law.
The following checklist is intended as an aid in writing and reviewing health and safety policy statements. Some of the points listed may be relevant in your case, or there may be additional points which you may wish to cover.
Does it say who is responsible for the following matters (including deputies where appropriate)?
Arrangements that need to be considered
Keeping the workplace, including staircases, floors, ways in and out, washrooms etc in a safe and clean condition by cleaning, maintenance and repair.
Plant and Substances
Our Construction Health and Safety consultants are able to produce, all H&S related documents including, project specific Risk Assessments and Pre- Tender H&S Plans. Oldham Associates have in house specialist expertise of Contract Management and Contract Law.
Communication, Giving your employees information about the general duties under the HSW Act and specific legal requirements relating to their work.
Giving employees necessary information about substances, plant, machinery, and equipment with which they come into contact.
Discussing with contractors, before they come on site, how they can plan to do their job, whether they need equipment of yours to help them, whether they can operate in a segregated area or when part of the plant is shut down and, if not, what hazards they may create for your employees and vice versa.
Training, Training employees, supervisors and managers to enable them to work safely and to carry out their health and safety responsibilities efficiently.
Supervising, Supervising employees so far as necessary for their safety - especially young workers, new employees and employees carrying out unfamiliar tasks.
Keep Check, Regular inspections and checks of the workplace, machinery appliances and working methods.
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