H&S ABC – An easy guide to health & safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed a range of tools and guidance to help small and medium sized businesses understand health and safety.

If you are a small or medium sized business, whether new to health and safety or an experienced or expanding business, when you see the H&S ABC logo you will know that those tools and pieces of guidance have been specifically designed with you in mind.

The advice available will help you understand what you do and don't need to do to avoid unnecessary paperwork and effort.

Help available:

A - Health and safety made simple

Health and safety made simple is the go-to guide for all basic information that businesses need to start managing health and safety. It offers simple, clear information on what businesses must do to comply with the law.

It covers topics such as deciding what facilities need to be available in their workplace, how to consult your employees and what training and information to provide

B - Health and safety toolbox

The Health and safety toolbox: How to control risks at work builds on Health and Safety Made Simple. It gives straightforward advice on the most common health and safety hazards in all types of business and shows how small and medium-sized businesses can take practical steps to control their risks.

The guidance contains advice on:

  • the most common causes of accidents with helpful do and don'ts
  • working environments that can cause or worsen health conditions such as asthma and cancer

The Toolbox has practical case studies to show how accidents and ill-health can be avoided, helping businesses learn from others.

C - Online risk assessments

Simple tools have been created to show business owners how to identify their hazards and risks and produce tailored risk assessments for their workplaces.

If there are fewer than five employees the risk assessment does not have to be written down.

If you are a new and expanding business, take a look at the HSE and HMRC working together for you - growing your business webinar. Register on GOV.uk to watch the recording.

Updated: 2022-01-04