Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Occupational Health and Safety - Seven Key Elements Your Policy Statement Should Contain

The occupational health and safety policy statement provides your company and everyone concerned with it from directors to the office cleaner, to third part auditors and inspectors with concise details of the companies objectives and means of achieving, monitoring and maintain them.

To ensure this is the case there are seven key elements that ought to be covered in the policy, which are:

1. To identify any hazards to employees and any third party that may be affected by the work your business is involved in carrying out.

2. To maintain at all times safe and healthy working conditions; including all plant and equipment.

3. To work towards continuous improvements to prevent accidents and any work related illnesses.

4. To give all employees appropriate and adequate training to ensure that they are competent to carry out their tasks safely.

5. To ensure the safe and secure transportation, storage, handling and use of all hazardous substances.

6. To consult with employees on occupational health and safety matters that may affect their well-being and to give them all necessary information, training and supervision.

7. To review and revise the health and safety policy at regular intervals or whenever new procedures or equipment are introduced into the workplace.

It is important also that this policy statement is read and understood by all members of staff and I recommend that it becomes a part of your new employees' induction training and that they are notified via the company line management of any amendments and revisions.

The amount of information to be included in these seven key elements will depend on the size and type of company you operate; obviously a building contractor will need a far more detailed policy statement and additional documentation than a small office based company.

Finally, the statement should be signed and dated by the highest ranking member of the management team responsible for occupational health and safety which is normally the Managing Director, so that it becomes a powerful document to be held in high regard and authority by everyone within the company.

By : Steve_Tallamy

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