Health and Safety in work premises is subject to the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974 and associated regulations.
If you run a business or are in control of a workplace, you are responsible for protecting the health and safety of your staff and others affected by your work activity. The term workplace not only includes factories, shops and offices but also schools, hospitals, hostels and places of entertainment.
You should adopt a positive approach to concerns raised by your employees on health and safety issues. Their cooperation is essential for effective safety management and will assist you in identifying and addressing possible legal contraventions in your workplace.
These legal requirements apply to most businesses. The Health and Safety Executive website provides guidance on insurance, writing a health and safety policy, carrying out risk assessments, health and safety training, appointing a health and safety co-ordinator and reporting incidents.
You must report some work related accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences.
Safer workplace, better business
We are pleased to promote the use of the Safer Workplace, Better Business, developed by officers of the Devon Health and Safety Sub Group in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive. The pack has now been taken up by a number of other local authorities across the country.
It is a jargon-free pack, similar in style to the Safer Food Better Business packs, that aims to make health and safety responsibilities understandable and easy to follow. It should enable businesses to identify the key hazards in their workplace and develop suitable control measures that minimise the potential for injuries to occur, and also provide advice on how to devise documented systems of work that will satisfy the legal requirements that businesses need to comply with.
The pack is designed for small, medium sized business such as restaurants, cafes, takeaways, retailers, small hotels, public houses, care homes and offices. Use of the pack should help businesses to manage the health and safety within their undertaking without having to employ specialists, unless having carried out the initial review the risks identify the need for more expert assistance.
In these cost conscious times you may find that this FREE downloadable pack will prove to be useful in preventing accidents and reducing both the direct, and indirect costs associated with such incidents. Another benefit is the potential for improved morale amongst the workforce which can lead to a better working environment.