Common sense is the right approach to Health & Safety, and having good plans in place will help protect you, your staff and your customers.
Depending on the type of business you run, Health & Safety rules will be enforced by either the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) or your Local Authority Environmental Health Team.
What do I need to do?
- Think about the risks associated with your business activities/premises (e.g. slips and trips, manual handling, falls from height, vehicle movements, stress, exposure to asbestos);
- Take suitable & sufficient steps to prevent people from being harmed
- Remove risks where you can, and where this is not possible, control them;
- Record your Risk Assessment and any actions taken;
- Have a written Health & Safety Policy and review this and your written risk assessment regularly (this is a legal requirement if you employ 5 or more people);
- Give your employees clear instructions, information and adequate training on Health & Safety issues (especially for new starters);
- Don’t forget to think about the safety of customers using your premises, contractors working on site and self-employed people working on your behalf;
- Provide good welfare facilities (e.g. toilets, rest areas, drinking water) and a healthy work environment (clean, light, ventilated);
- Make sure you have Employers’ Liability Insurance;
- Record accidents or incidents and report them to HSE or LA if they are serious (death or major injury, staff off work for more than 7 days due to accident, member of public taken to hospital);