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Health and Safety Policy Documents

A health and safety policy sets out your general approach and commitment together with the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business. It is a unique document that says who does what, when and how.

A documented health and safety policy is a legal requirement if you employ five or more people. If you have fewer than five employees you do not have to write anything down, though it is considered useful to do so if, for example, something changes and your numbers expand.

if you employ contractors or sub-contractors in the course of your business you should have a policy to manage them, it is also advisable to have policies on such things as fire and emergency, first aid and accident reporting and investigation to name just a few.

The Health and Safety Hub have written a number of Policy document templates that are simple to follow and you will just need to make changes where indicated to personalise the policy to your organisation.