Requirement For Written Health And Safety Policy And The Main Various Methods For Communicating The Contents Of A Policy To The Workforce

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Requirement For Written Health And Safety Policy And The Main Various Methods For Communicating The Contents Of A Policy To The Workforce

Question:

  • Identify the legal requirements whereby employers must prepare a written statement of their health and safety policy.
  • Outline the various methods for communicating the contents of a health and safety policy to a workforce.



Part (a)

  • Employer’s duty under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act to prepare a health and safety policy and also to the exemption from the requirement for the policy to be in writing for those employing fewer than five employees.

Part (b)

Methods Include:

  • Giving employees their own personal copy of the policy or a summary of it;
  • Displaying the policy on noticeboards;
  • Explaining the content of the policy at team briefings or tool-box talks and during induction or refresher training courses;



  • Referring to the policy in internal newsletters, booklets, em ails and intranet communications;
  • Making the policy an agenda item at meetings of the health and safety committee.

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