Managing health and safety - checklist

Managing health and safety - checklistManaging basic health and safety need not be costly or complicated. Following this common-sense checklist can help minimise most risks.

  • Register with the local council or, if necessary, with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), and ask what help and information they can provide.
  • Contact your local business support organisation or trade association and the HSE to get up-to-date information on the requirements for your industry and business generally.
  • Appoint one or more competent people to be responsible for health and safety - make sure they receive appropriate training.
  • Decide how you will involve and consult employees; consider appointing a safety committee.
  • Carry out a health and safety risk assessment.
  • Carry out a fire-risk assessment. Contact the fire safety officer to check what is required.
  • Plan how you will cope with accidents, including first-aid kits, an accident book and a system for reporting serious injuries, diseases and incidents.
  • Make sure physical conditions (such as lighting and ventilation) and work practices (rest breaks, for instance) promote employee welfare and health.
  • Review how you meet the health, safety and welfare needs of special cases - such as pregnant women, young people and those with disabilities.
  • Provide training for all employees, taking into account any particular risks they may face; include health and safety responsibilities in their contracts.
  • Give employees information on risks and preventive measures; display the approved health and safety poster (the poster and leaflets are available from the HSE website) and use signage where necessary.
  • Prepare a written health and safety policy covering your approach to health and safety, who is responsible, and what your procedures are.
  • Communicate your policy to all employees and anyone else that could be affected (eg customers, visitors, freelance staff).
  • Monitor the effectiveness of health and safety procedures and training.
  • Check you have the required employers’ liability insurance; consider whether you need public liability or other insurances.

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