Failing to comply with health and safety could mean your business is at risk of fines, legal action and even closure.
To ensure you're following the law, your business requires a Health & Safety Management System. This management system is a collection of policies and documentation put in place to govern your working practices. Failure to manage health and safety at work could result in a safety breach or worse still an accident involving an employee.
The HSE guidelines for an effective Health & Safety Management System includes:
- Health and Safety Policy
- Accident prevention processes
- Prevention against ill health
- Practices, procedures and resources for developing and implementing, reviewing and maintaining the occupational safety and health policy.
It’s difficult to know where to start, and to know how to correctly interpret legislation and guidance relevant to your sector or operation.
Environmental Management Systems
Alongside your general Health & Safety Policies, you may also need Environmental Management System or Food Safety Management System. As the name suggests, an Environmental Management System or EMS deals with the situational and environmental aspects of health and safety within an organisation.
EMS are governed and developed in conjunction with the ISO 14001 guidelines. This covers:
- Reviewing environmental goals
- Analysing environmental impacts
- Analysing legal requirements
- Ensuring employees' environmental competence
- Setting objectives and establishing targets to reduce environmental impacts
Running all of the above in an efficient manner can revolutionise the way your business operates, helping to reduce pollution and increase environmental effectiveness. Not only this it can offset the cost of time invested in returned efficiency, resource conservations and improved morale.
Why Outsource Your H&S Policy and Procedure?
Keeping up with the sheer amount of legislation and best practice can be a struggle. Legislation changes frequently, with new requirements being added by the HSE on a regular basis. The price of ignoring or not following these can be massively impactful.
Don’t get sucked in to thinking Health & Safety templates will serve your businesses, however, putting together a management system bespoke to your business alone can be daunting. You need to factor in important steps like industry standards and compliance, as well as hazards and environmental factors.
By outsourcing this process to a qualified consultancy, you're ensuring that a trained individual with the right skills and knowledge of legislation will be doing this for you, thereby removing the possibility that your management system will fall short of compliance.
Our health and safety experts can help your business in complying with all current legislation. We can also ensure all your polices are in-line with legal requirements, and your documentation and procedures correspond with the latest best practice guidelines.
We’ll start by auditing your current documentation, which can often identify the need for a new Safety Policy Statement. If you’re just starting up and are unsure how to construct a working document, we’ll show you how. Every employer with five or more employees must have a written H&S Policy Statement, which needs to be regularly updated.
We'll provide you with a new Management System, which is in-line with HSG65 (the system promoted by the HSE). This will enable you to:
- Establish and publicise your Health and Safety Policy and Procedures
- Identify staff who have Health and Safety responsibility
- Establish Health and Safety rules for employees
- Identify special arrangements and/or emergency procedures relating to your business or organisation
- Establish a means for risk assessments to be carried out recorded and reviewed
- Establish a workplace inspection procedure and monitoring audit trail
- Your Management System will include; a tailor-made Health and Safety Policy, H&S Action plan, general Risk Assessments, and an Employee Safety Handbook
With our bespoke Health & Safety Management Systems you'll be able to easily and efficiently stay on top of your documentation and compliance requirements. To get started, call us today on 033 33 215 005.
Who Are Wirehouse?
Wirehouse was formed by industry leaders who weren't happy with the offerings from many of the employer service providers. We felt the focus of many in the marketplace was profit, as opposed to providing high quality advice and support.
Improving and protecting your business should not be held at arms reach by unfeasible costs. We believe that every business should have access to top quality advice, support, and training. That’s why we’ll always offer you a service that won't be matched, with the most competitive prices in the marketplace.
When you're with Wirehouse, you can expect to receive prompt, actionable advice, that is in keeping with your business objectives where possible. We won’t tie you up with auto-renewals and unrealistic termination periods - we want you to renew because you thought our service was high quality and excellent value.
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