As an employer you have a multitude of responsibilities for ensuring the safety of your staff, contractors, visitors, public, customers, whoever may come to your premises. To successfully outline your expectations and intentions you will need to write a selection of policy statements. Ranging from health and safety to data protection this task can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. Here at Walker Health and Safety we can talk you through the requirements of each policy and highlight how your industry may differ from others. We can help with the following policies:
Health and Safety Policy Statement
If you employ more than five members of staff, it is a legal requirement to have a Health and Safety Policy Statement. A health and safety policy statement sets out how you manage health and safety within your workplace. It demonstrates your businesses attitude towards health and safety and the steps, arrangements and systems you have in place to ensure you comply with Health and Safety legislation. If you employ less than five staff, it is still good practice to complete a Health and Safety Policy Statement.
Health and Safety Policy
You may be wondering what a health and safety policy is and why you need one. Your business must have a health and safety policy and if you have fewer than five employees, you don't have to write anything down. Most businesses set out their policy in three sections:
An Environmental Policy refers to the commitment of an organisation to the laws, regulations, and other policy mechanisms concerning environmental issues. These issues generally include air and water pollution, solid waste management, ecosystem management, maintenance of biodiversity, the protection of natural resources, wildlife and endangered species. Policies concerning energy or regulation of toxic substances including pesticides and many types of industrial waste are part of the topic of environmental policy. This policy can be deliberately taken to direct and oversee human activities and thereby prevent harmful effects on the biophysical environment and natural resources, as well as to make sure that changes in the environment do not have harmful effects on humans.
Equal opportunities policy
We can also assist with the creation of an equal opportunities policy for your organisation. An equal opportunities policy should clearly document your organisations commitment to non-discriminatory procedures and practices. By defining the forms of discrimination covered you can set out your expectations for employees and ensure you comply with the Equalities Act 2010.
Data Protection Policy
The Data Protection Act controls how your personal information is used by your organisation. Everyone has a responsible for using data has to follow strict rules, this is to ensure that peoples data is used lawfully and for the specifically stated purpose. A data protection policy outlines how your organisation intends to use, store and distribute data. It is an essential statement for ensuring that people are fully aware how you intend to use the data that they provide. It gives people trust in your organisation and ensures the security of your business. If you need help devising an equal opportunities policy, please contact us today.
Drugs and Alcohol Policy
A drugs and alcohol policy shows your organisations responsibility and commitment to ensure a safe and healthy workplace. It ensures that employees can work in an environment free from substances. The policy is used to outline your expectations for maintaining an alcohol and drug free environment.
Here at Walker Health and Safety Services we can assist you with writing your policies. We have many years' experience producing documentation for businesses and can highlight areas that you may want to include in your policy reflective of the market place you are in.
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