Planning for health and safety
Planning is the key to ensuring your health and safety arrangements really work. It helps you think through the actions you have set out in your policy and work out how they will happen in practice. Consider:
- what you want to achieve, eg how you will ensure that your employees and others are kept healthy and safe at work
- how you will decide what might cause harm to people and whether you are doing enough or need to do more to prevent that harm
- how you will prioritise the improvements you may need to make
- who will be responsible for health and safety tasks, what they should do, when and with what results
- how you will measure and review whether you have achieved what you set out to do
Find out more
If you want more information to help you put suitable arrangements in place see the managing for health and safety site.
Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (the HSW Act), you have to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable This means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the real risk in terms of money, time or trouble. However, you do not need to take action if it would be grossly disproportionate to the level of risk. , the health and safety of yourself and others who may be affected by what you do or do not do. It applies to all work activities and premises and everyone at work has responsibilities under it, including the self-employed.
Employees must take care of their own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by their actions at work. They must also co-operate with employers and co-workers to help everyone meet their legal requirements.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also apply to every work activity and workplace and require all risks to be assessed and, where necessary, controlled.