Protecting businesses and employees
There is a legal responsibility from an employer or self employed person for the health and safety of everyone affected by a business. This includes employees, subcontractors, visitors, customers and even members of the public affected by the products or services. There is also a responsibility for the environmental impact of a business. Carrying out regular risk assessments is a key part of identifying and controlling health and safety and environmental hazards. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website http://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/index.htm covers the basics.
Video: Work place health and safety rules and practices
Adequate facilities for eating, resting, sanitation and first aid. See related documents for the for the HSE guides
Display the Health & Safety Law poster – see the HSE site for further information
A health and safety policy (a written policy for businesses with 5 or more employees) – see the HSE site page for examples and guidance
Risk assessments - see the HSE site page for examples guidance
Work equipment inspection records (required by law) - this includes lifting equipment, pressurised systems or local exhaust ventilation to control exposure to substances used at work – see the page on the HSE site on work equipment and machinery
Written safe working methods
Records of health and safety training carried out
A valid employers' liability insurance certificate – click the link to view the Insurance page for further information on what a business needs to cover
A disaster recovery plan - view a useful page from the Business Continuity Insitute (BCI) Management Toolkit in the below word document
Annex B -- emergency pack
Visit HSE’s website www.hse.gov.uk/business to find out what help is available for your business. You may also find it helpful to discuss matters with your trade association.