No matter what type of business you run the safety of your employees and your customers can never be neglected. Those that lack in enforcing a robust health & safety policy may find themselves at some point, in situations that could well have been avoided, be it prosecution, fines, or worse.
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 makes an employer responsible for the protection of their employees and members of the public affected by their work. Obviously depending on what industry you operate in will most likely impact the attention and enforcement of your health and safety policy gets, nevertheless there are some general reasons why a health and safety policy is important.
What is a health & Safety policy?
A health and safety policy will outline your overall approach and commitment together with the provisions you have put in place for dealing with health and safety in your business. It is a unique document that says who does what, when and how. You should also include information on how you are going to eliminate or reduce the risks of hazards in your workplace.
5 Reasons Why A Health & Safety Policy Is Important
- A Legal Obligation - Section 2 (3) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 necessitates all workplaces with five or more employees to have a written statement of health and safety policy and review it yearly. The purpose of the policy is to express the employer’s commitment to health and safety.
- Show Commitment - A policy commits the entire organization to maintain a safe workplace. This encourages both human and financial resources to help ensure that safety is taken seriously within the organisation.
- Maintain Certifications - RoSPA: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a well know health and safety reward and can act as a seal of approval for a company’s operations. These types of awards can go along way in showing your expertise and commitment to a safe working environment, this could also potentially act as a USP to potential customers and be a way of distinguishing yourself from competitors.
- Safe Employees - When a business seriously takes into account the health and safety policies of its employees there is undoubtedly a certain amount of trustworthiness that the company gains. This help creates a relaxed and easy environment amongst employees as they know they are well looked after, which could result in higher retentions rates and increased productivity. Who wouldn’t want that?
- Attract New Employees – This will vary from industry to industry, but for example, if you are a construction company with an impeccable reputation for health and safety this will have a positive impact when potential employees are researching you and how you look after your staff. After all who wouldn’t want to work for a company where employees are truly put first?
A strong health and safety policy will ensure even in the back of employee’s minds health and safety is important and always considered part of everyday business. If something does go wrong they know how to behave and who to contact without thinking, which will be vital in emergency situations.
If you require assistance with the creation of your health and safety policy please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we offer this as part of our health & safety consultancy services.