Generally speaking, and there are exceptions, if you employ less than 5 people you don’t have to have written Policies. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to have them, you should, but you are not required to write then down in the form of a Policy it is optional. If you have more than 5 employees you are required to produce written policies.
Number Three: Health and Safety Policy (for your business)
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is the umbrella legislation that is referred to in the workplace and puts responsibilities on us all to provide a safe working place. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess the risks and implement measures to control these Risks.
Your H&S Policy must be written specifically for your business bearing in mind your employees and visitors to your site. The following list of headings are subjects you may like to consider including, in detail, in your own Policy. They don’t all apply to all businesses.
- Induction, training and supervision
- Risk Assessments
- Workplace & Site safety and welfare
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health
- Manual Handling
- First Aid
- Accident Reporting
- Working at Height
- General work equipment
- Computer Screens
- Personal Protective Equipment
- Consultation with employees
- Protection of Young Person
The very best of luck with writing your own Policy.