Improving Workplace Safety
As an employer you have a legal responsibility to protect the health, safety and well being of your employees and other people. Included are contractors, customers and members of the public. These are any individuals who may be affected by your workplace operations. At PUWER Health & Safety we can help you achieve the highest of standards.
If you employ more than 5 employees, section 2(3) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 requires all employers:
- To prepare a written policy statement. This is a statement of intent setting out your general approach and objectives along with arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business.
- Have suitable arrangements for implementing the policy
- Review and update the policy as necessary
- Communicate the policy and arrangements, effectively, to all employees
A written policy statement shows your staff and anyone else, your commitment to health and safety. It should describe how you will implement and monitor your health and safety controls and should be reviewed regularly.
Good practice in health and safety makes sound business sense. Through the development of an effective health and safety policy your business should be able to:
- Reduce absenteeism and sick leave
- Improve staff retention
- Improve productivity
- Reduce insurance premiums
- Maintain the organisations reputation
Audits are a vital part of the management system approach, enabling the company or organisation to check how far their achievements meet objectives whilst showing conformity to the standard.