To implement your health and safety policy, you need to establish and maintain an effective health and safety management system that is proportionate to the risks.
You should set the direction for effective health and safety management, and a policy that sets a clear direction will help to ensure communication of health and safety duties and benefits throughout the organisation.
Policies should be designed to meet legal requirements, prevent health and safety problems, and enable you to respond quickly where difficulties arise or new risks are introduced.
- Think about where you are now and where you need to be
- Say what you want to achieve, who will be responsible for what, how you will achieve your aims, and how you will measure your success. You may need to write down this policy and your plan to deliver it
- Decide how you will measure performance. Think about ways to do this that go beyond looking at accident figures - look for leading as well as lagging indicators. These are also called active and reactive indicators
- Consider fire and other emergencies. Co-operate with anyone who shares your workplace and co-ordinate plans with them
- Remember to plan for changes and identify any specific legal requirements that apply to you