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Health and safety policy

Coronavirus health and safety policy
Use our policy to explain how you're managing the risk of coronavirus in the workplace.Viral actionIn our Coronavirus Health and Safety Policy template we have set out the procedures that your organisation will take to protect staff and others. To do so we've made certain assumptions about the statutory... Read more
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Health and safety whistleblowing policy
Health & safety whistleblowing policyIf employees come forward with concerns about hazards, short cuts or mismanagement, they should be protected from any adverse reaction. Use our document to set out your expectations for both employees and management.What is whistleblowing?A whistleblower exposes information... Read more
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Shift working policy
If employees work shifts you should have a policy in place to cover the particular risks and requirements which apply. Use our document to set out your management arrangements and your expectations of employees.Why you need our documentShift working presents risks to workers due to the disruption to... Read more
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Racking safety policy
You should be wary of taking your racking's stability for granted. To ensure that you have the correct management procedures for this equipment, use our template.Hidden dangerIf racking is poorly installed, overloaded, climbed on, not maintained or run into, it can cause serious or even fatal accidents.By... Read more
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First aid at work policy
Unless your first aid arrangements are very simple, e.g. one first aider and a first aid kit, it's beneficial to have a formal policy to detail how you approach and manage first aid. This will help to show everyone in the business what has been decided.Using our policyUnder the Health and Safety (First-Aid)... Read more
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Work at height safety policy
If staff work at height, it's prudent to introduce a policy to show that you take their health and safety seriously. It's also useful to be able to show any inspectors who may visit you.Work at height safety policyIf several of your employees regularly work at height as part of their job, we would suggest... Read more
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Violence at work policy
If your staff are at risk of violent behaviour or threats whilst at work, you should have a policy setting out how you will manage the issue. What's covered in our template policy?Protecting your staffThe aims of our Violence at Work Policy are to: (1) prevent incidents where possible; (2) equip staff... Read more
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Car park policy
Whether your parking area is large or small, public or private, you must ensure that it can be used safely. Use our new policy to set out your arrangements and allocate responsibilities.What's covered?The primary hazard in a car park is obviously moving vehicles. But when you're planning your safety... Read more
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Performance monitoring policy
To ensure that your health and safety management system is robust you must include arrangements for monitoring and reviewing standards. Use our policy template for this purpose.Why might you need it?Once you have established your health and safety procedures, the next stage is to monitor that they've... Read more
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Contractor management policy
When you engage contractors to work on your premises it's still regarded as part of your business activity. Use our contractor management policy to show how your managers control such work.What's covered?The policy sets out:a general statement of policy explaining how you will select contractors and... Read more
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Driving at work policy
As the police now investigate work-related road traffic accidents more carefully than they used to, you should play it safe and introduce a comprehensive driving at work policy. Managing driving risksEach year it's estimated that 26% of road fatalities are work-related. In the event of an accident, it's... Read more
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Machinery safety policy
If your staff use potentially dangerous machinery, you need to have clear arrangements for controlling the risks. Our Machinery Safety Policy will help you to achieve this.Our templateImplementing a policy based on our Machinery Safety Policy will help you to comply with the legal requirements which... Read more
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Display screen equipment policy
Display screen equipment (DSE) policyAs computers are a regular feature of any business, it's useful to have a policy that sets out how you implement the legal requirements surrounding their use. Our eight-part policy will help get you started.DSE policyConsidering most office workers now use computers... Read more
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Mobile phone and gadget policy
Using mobile phones and gadgets at inappropriate times can be unsafe and illegal. For this reason use our Mobile Phone and Gadget Policy to set out when these items shouldn't be used.Policy contentThis policy spells out when mobile phones and other gadgets, such as satellite navigation systems and hand-held... Read more
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Contractor selection policy
There are various legal requirements which apply to the appointment of contractors. In particular, you need to take reasonable steps to check that they are able to do the work safely. Our Contractor Selection Policy will help you to implement the right arrangements.Legal requirementsThis policy has been... Read more
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Welfare policy
Having proper toilet, washing, rest and other welfare facilities is a legal requirement. You can detail your arrangements using our welfare policy template.What's covered?Our Welfare Policy is designed to cover the basic legal requirements for welfare facilities which apply to the majority of workplaces.... Read more
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No smoking policy
The smoking ban that applies to most enclosed or partially enclosed workplaces and public premises is now well established. Use our template to make sure that your policy complies across the UK.What's  covered?Smoke-free legislation varies between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Our No... Read more
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Safety signs signals and notices policy
Safety signs, signals and notices policyWell thought out safety signage not only makes a workplace look professional it helps the employer to comply with the law. Use our policy to ensure that your managers know what's required.Why you need itBy implementing a Safety Signs, Signals and Notices Policy... Read more
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Pressure systems policy
Due to the potential for serious accidents, there are strict requirements for the management of pressure equipment such as steam boilers, autoclaves, compressors etc. Use our policy to contain the risk.Why use it?If there is a sudden loss of pressure in a system carrying pressurised liquids, gases or... Read more
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Shared premises responsibilities policy
If you share premises responsibilities with other organisations, you must work with them to ensure no crucial tasks are missed. Use our policy template to get it right.Why you need this templateThere are many situations which give rise to a division of responsibilities for the maintenance and management... Read more
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Consultation policy
All employers have a duty to consult with their staff on health and safety matters. Our policy provides a path through the somewhat confusing legislation. The lawThe legal requirement to consult with workers is well established. The Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 (SRSCR),... Read more
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Asbestos management policy
When asbestos is present in a building any work in the vicinity must be carefully controlled. Use our policy to make sure the material isn't accidentally disturbed.What's involved?To help you maintain control over the risks of asbestos-containing materials, we've produced a template Asbestos Management... Read more
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Electrical safety policy
Electricity can be taken for granted, so it's easy to forget the number of accidents and fires it causes. Why not use our policy to help in managing these risks?Using the templateWe've written our Electrical Safety Policy so that it applies to the majority of businesses. Most will only need to make a... Read more
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Accident/incident reporting policy
Apart from being a legal requirement, proper accident investigation can help prevent further occurrences. Our sample policy makes staff aware of what you expect from them. Accident reportingUnfortunately, accidents are a fact of life and at some point your business is likely to be faced with one, so... Read more
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Lifting operations policy
If you make use of cranes whether mobile, tower, overhead, lorry-mounted etc., or use other plant for lifting, such as excavators, you should have clear safety arrangements for their use. Why do you need it?Companies increasingly need to prove that they have high standards of health and safety, especially... Read more
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Young workers policy
Our policy will help you to set out your arrangements for protecting employees under 18 and work experience students. What's covered?A general statement sets out your commitment to protecting these more vulnerable staff and explains that you will comply with key features of the law including conducting... Read more
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Confined spaces policy
If your staff or contractors work in confined spaces, use our policy to explain the risks and how they are controlled. What's covered?The document begins with a definition of "confined spaces", i.e. that these can be places with restricted access, fire and explosion hazards, toxic or oxygen deficient... Read more
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Weil's disease policy
If your staff are at risk of Weil's disease (otherwise known as Leptospirosis), it's essential that you take some simple precautions to protect them from infection. Set out your arrangements in a Weil's disease policy.What is Weil's disease?Anywhere frequented by rats will be contaminated by their urine.... Read more
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Subcontractor management policy
If you carry out work through subcontractors, use our policy to demonstrate how you maintain control over their health and safety standards. Why do you need it?Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM), those... Read more
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Manual handling policy
If your staff carry out significant manual handling tasks, use our policy to make your arrangements clear.What's covered?Our Manual Handling Policy sets out the current legal position and then goes on to describe the arrangements you have in place to manage the risks.There are spaces for you to fill... Read more
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Permits to work policy
When construction or maintenance work carries a potential risk of serious injury - it's good practice to use a permit to work. Why not set out your policy on the topic using our template?What's covered?The Permits to Work Policy has scope for you to tailor it to your own requirements. It begins with... Read more
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Workplace transport policy
If you have control over any external space which is used by vehicles, then it's a good idea to have a policy on workplace transport. Our policy will help you.Why have a policy?Any employers with five or more employees are required to write down their policies and arrangements for health and safety.... Read more
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Vibrating tools policy
If your staff use hand-held power tools, such as strimmers, chainsaws, hammer drills etc., then you'll need to comply with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. Use our policy to set out your arrangements.What's covered?Our policy starts with a general statement showing your commitment to... Read more
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Slips trips and falls policy
Slips, trips and falls policySlipping and tripping accidents are one of the most common causes of injury at work. Use our policy to set out your arrangements for preventing them.What's covered?This policy is designed for you to adapt to your particular workplace, so there are prompts throughout to remind... Read more
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Compressed air use policy
 It's been identified that many businesses waste energy and create unnecessary carbon emissions because they don't use compressed air equipment efficiently. This policy will help you to cut bills and emissions.Why bother?Compressed air production accounts for 10% of all the electricity consumed by industry... Read more
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Occupational health policy
If your workplace uses hazardous substances or processes, your employees' health could be at risk. Have a dedicated policy in place to set out how you will manage these potential risks.Managing occupational healthIf you're a larger business, or even an SME whose employees work with hazardous substances,... Read more
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Workplace environment policy
Setting out your workplace environment policy makes it clear that you've met the legal requirements, plus it helps to manage staff expectations.When to use the policyIf you're drawing up health and safety policies to cover all aspects of your workplace, then it's sensible to also include one on the workplace... Read more
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Fork lift truck policy
In the UK every year, around 400 workers are seriously injured in fork lift truck (FLT) accidents. If you use FLTs on your premises, use our policy to set out your arrangements for using this equipment safely.Why you need the policyEmployers with five or more employees are required to write down their... Read more
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Food safety policy
If you prepare, sell or serve food or drinks on your premises, you need to ensure that basic food hygiene standards are met and maintained. To set out your position on food safety, use our policy.Fit for consumptionWhen staff or customers buy food and drink they have a right to expect that what's presented... Read more
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Visitor health and safety policy
Controlling the health and safety of visitors can be much harder than for employees because you don't have the opportunity to train and influence them.  Our Visitor Health and Safety Policy will help you to develop your own policy in this important area.What's covered?Our Visitor Health and Safety Policy... Read more
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Health and safety policy arrangements
Health and safety policy - arrangementsEmployers with five or more staff are legally required to have a written health and safety policy. Our Health and Safety Policy - Arrangements template will help you to write the last section of your policy.How to use the documentHealth and safety policies are comprised... Read more
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Health and safety policy organisation
Health and safety policy - organisationHealth and safety policies comprise three parts: a general statement of commitment; a description of the responsibilities allocated to fulfil the policy (known as your "Organisation"); and details of the "Arrangements" for health and safety. This Health and Safety... Read more
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Health and safety policy statement
If you employ five or more staff, you're required to have a written statement describing how you manage health and safety. If you find this a difficult task, our policy can help get you started.Policy statementIf you employ five or more members of staff (including those working part-time), the Health... Read more
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Grounds maintenance health and safety policy
It's easy to forget about grounds maintenance employees, but their work can be really hazardous. Our Grounds Maintenance Health and Safety Policy will help you to manage these activities.How to use the policyObviously, not all grounds maintenance staff have exactly the same job description. Some could... Read more
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Mobile workers safety policy
If you have large numbers of staff that spend their time off-site, it would be useful to formalise your arrangements into a policy document. We've created a detailed document to get you started.A formal policyIf you have numerous mobile workers, or even a few who spend much of their time out on the road,... Read more
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Foreign travel policy
Having a checklist is only part of the process of managing any foreign travel risks. In order to give it status, it should be part of a wider policy. We have provided a sample to give you an idea of what to include.Responding to increased risksDepending on which part of the world staff will travel to... Read more
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Volunteer policy
If you use volunteers to help out occasionally, you still have health and safety responsibilities towards them. So to avoid any doubt, put a policy in place that describes how you will manage these volunteers.Managing volunteersA growing number of businesses use volunteers to provide assistance on a... Read more
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Noise at work policy
With recent changes to noise legislation, it makes sense to have a policy in place that clarifies your legal duties as the employer. Ours can easily be modified to suit your own particular needs.Noise at work policyAs a result of the more stringent requirements laid down in the new Control of Noise at... Read more
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Alcohol policy
With 17 million sick leave days being taken a year due to alcohol misuse, it's vital that you have a policy in place that sets out some ground rules for staff. Ours covers the key areas.Alcohol at workAccording to the Alcohol Concern Quarterly Information and Research Bulletin for Winter 2006, 17 million... Read more
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Legionella management policy
Legionella bacteria grow in systems wherever water is stored or stagnates between 20ºC and 50ºC. The bacteria are spread in droplets which, when inhaled, can cause Legionnaires' disease, a potentially fatal condition. Our legionella management policy will help you to set down your arrangements for... Read more
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Laptop health and safety policy
Whilst laptops have undoubtedly boosted the productivity of staff outside the office, they can lead to aches and pains if misused. To combat this, introduce a Laptop Health and Safety Policy.Safe use of laptopsLaptops are now a vital piece of office equipment for many employees. However, they can cause... Read more
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Use of chemicals at work policy
If you use chemicals as an integral part of your work process, it makes sense to have a separate policy that details how you approach their safe use. So why not use ours to help get you started?A standalone policyIf you use lots of chemicals, you may wish to consider having a standalone Use of Chemicals... Read more
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Workplace drug policy
With drug use having increased in recent years, it could have a detrimental impact on your workplace. For this reason, you should use a drug policy to manage the potential risks arising from misuse.Dealing with drugsA survey carried out by Time Out magazine found that one in three workers admitted to... Read more
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Lone worker health and safety policy
Lone worker policyDue to the risks that can arise from staff working alone, it's important that you have a lone worker policy in place to help you manage them.Managing lone workingLone working is another potential threat to staff safety. Therefore, it's important for any business which allows staff to... Read more
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Training policy
Due to the risk of accidents, the need to ensure staff are adequately trained doesn't stop with the induction process. Therefore, it's advisable to ensure that you have a comprehensive policy in place.Training policyProviding an acceptable level of information, instruction and training doesn't stop after... Read more
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Homeworking health and safety policy
Homeworking policyIf homeworking is a common occurrence in your business, or is likely to become so, consider having a separate policy to cover it. Ours concentrates on the needs of this particular group of employees.Purpose of homeworking policyDepending on the degree to which off-site working features... Read more
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New and expectant mothers policy
Employees who are pregnant or have recently given birth need extra care and attention to protect them from workplace hazards. Use our policy to demonstrate that you have all the health and safety laws in this area covered.What's included?The policy focuses on the risk assessment requirements affecting... Read more
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Stress at work health and safety policy
Stress at work policyWith stress related problems now being the second biggest cause of sickness absence, you should have a stress policy in place. Take a look at ours to help you avoid any unnecessary absences.Stress at workAccording to recent research, stress in the workplace is now the second most... Read more
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Risk assessment policy
As part of your health and safety policy, you should identify your arrangements for managing the risk assessment process. Our sample Risk Assessment Policy document will help you to set out your position.Managing the processOur Risk Assessment Policy is split into a number of sections, including a general... Read more
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Personal protective equipment policy
Depending on how much PPE is used in your business, it may be worth introducing a policy that sets out how you choose and allocate it to individual employees. Ours covers the key areas.PPE policyAs it isn't always possible to introduce control measures that reduce risks to a sufficiently low level, you... Read more
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