Why you need a health and safety policy
Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal
Why you need a health and safety policy

The following Practice Management practice note Produced in partnership with Melanie O'Brien of DG Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Why you need a health and safety policy
  • What is a health and safety policy?
  • The value of a policy
  • Demonstrate your commitment
  • Ensuring procedures meet the organisation’s overriding goals
  • Recruitment and retention of staff members
  • Financial benefits

For many organisations, it would be prudent to have a policy document that both sets out the overall commitment to health and safety and details the organisation’s objectives and goals. Having a clear and well-thought out health and safety policy can have many benefits.

Some of the specific areas in which a Health and safety policy could help an organisation are outlined in this Practice Note.

For information on the regulatory requirements relating to a health and safety policy, see Practice Note: Health and safety policy—regulatory requirements and for guidance on formulating a policy, see Practice Note: Formulating a health and safety policy and Precedent Policy—health and safety.

What is a health and safety policy?

A health and safety policy is a document that sets out the organisation’s principles and objectives for ensuring the health and safety of staff and visitors.

A policy can be described as a statement of the organisation’s intent or its ideas and a manner in which it sets out it

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