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Three sections your health and safety policy must include

by , 15 April 2015
Every company must have a health and safety policy to stay OHSA compliant.

If you don't, you won't be able to properly manage the health and safety of your employees. And could face huge fines from the Department of Labour.

Don't be intimidated. Today I'm going to break it down so you know exactly what your policy must include...

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There are over 100 health and safety questions you need to ask to measure your health and safety system.

It would take you the entire day just to think of the 100 questions that you should be asking yourself when doing your internal audit.

And I know your next question…

What exactly ARE the 100 questions you should be answering?

And how do they determine if your health and safety system is compliant with the OHSAS18001 standards?

Stop fussing!

We have a solution that does all the thinking for you.


Three key elements of your health and safety policy

 1. Your statement of intent
This shows what you intend to do. It shows your staff, and anyone else, your company's commitment to health and safety.

A statement of intent could be:
•    To provide adequate control of the health and safety risks arising from our work activities;
•    To consult with our employees on matters affecting their health and safety;
•    To maintain safe and healthy working conditions; and
•    To review and revise this policy as necessary at regular intervals.

2. Organisation details
This outlines who's going to be involved. This section gives the names of those who will have responsibilities for health and safety matters in your company.

Look at things like:
1.    Who's got the main accountability for health and safety?
2.    Who'll have the day-to-day responsibility? That is, for making sure your policy's put into practice?
3.    Who must ensure health and safety standards are maintained/ improved?

It's a good idea to add a section explaining what the general safety duties of all employees are. For example, Employees must take reasonable care of their own health and safety.

3. Arrangements
This explains how you plan to put your policy in place. You use the facts gathered from doing your risk assessment. And it's here where you explain how you're going to manage and control the hazards identified.

Some things to include could be:
Where can your employees get health and safety advice from?
Where are you displaying the health and safety wall charts?
What training are you going to be doing?

Your health and safety policy can only be effective when your employees are following it. Review it at least once a year. And make changes according to any work process, plant, equipment or staff changes.

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