Health & Safety Policy Statement

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A health and safety policy statement is required under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.  This must be a written statement of general policy with respect to the health and safety at work of employees and detail the organisation and arrangements in place for carrying out that policy.  Regulation 2(3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 specifically states that it shall be the duty of every employer to prepare and as often as may be appropriate, revise a written statement of this general policy and to bring the statement and any revision of it to the notice of all his employees.

A health and safety policy sets out your general approach, objectives and the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business. It is a unique document that says who does what, when and how.

On a practical level, the main benefit of health & safety policy statement is to allow all employees to be aware of the organisation’s health & safety arrangements and who is responsible for carrying them out.

The health and safety policy statement needs to be signed and dated by the senior person in control, within the organisation.

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