A Quick Guide to Health and Safety Compliance for Small Businesses

When running your business, Health and Safety is probably not at the top of your agenda. However, not only can an unsafe working environment affect morale, there are legal implications too.

Thankfully, whilst the impact of not abiding by Health and Safety legislation can be severe, ensuring you’re compliant is relatively simple.

The legislation in question is the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), and to save you from pouring over reams of documentation, we’ve put it all into our handy guide to help you ensure that your business is compliant.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in a nutshell

Very simply, the health and safety at work act is formal legislation for providing a safe system of work which comes in the form of a risk assessment.

All organisations are required to identify any risks that may affect employees or indeed anyone who will be affected by the activities of that organisation. Once you have identified those risks, you must then take reasonable measures to reduce them.

Where an organisation has 5 or more employees then this risk assessment must be written down.

What do I need to do?

First things first, you need to identify all potential risks associated with your work practices.

Next, you need to write a detailed health and safety policy describing how you’ll manage and prevent risks. If you’re unsure, you can get in touch with a Health and Safety consultant, who can use their expertise to identify all risks and write up a policy detailing the measures in place to prevent them again if 5 or more employees then needs to be written down.

Remember, this is a pretty serious piece of legislation, so treat the policy as a serious document. Ensuring you do so will help you avoid any legal penalties or charges.

What other benefits are there to having Health and Safety Legislation?

If this legislation applies to you, it means you’re an employer. Therefore, having the appropriate employers liability insurance is a must; its probably worth having a public liability insurance policy too.

In order to comply with your insurers terms, you will be expected to have the appropriate measures in place to reduce risk in the workplace. By not taking these measures, you could be in breach of your insurance, meaning if you have any issues they would be less likely to pay out.

Is that all?

Pretty much! Health and Safety isn’t as scary as it sounds. Get in touch with an expert today to ensure you’re fully compliant. As the old adage goes, its best to be safe than sorry!

Contact an expert today! Email jram@jrhealthandsafetyltd.co.uk for more information.

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