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Health & Safety

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);

If you’d like advice on regulatory matters, contact us for free advice on 0161 359 3050, email or chat with an advisor