Health & Safety

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

Business Essentials

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
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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.