The overall requirement for any business is to provide a safe place of work for employees and any others who may be affected by what the organisation does.
Health & Safety is best managed in a proactive manner (as are other essential business elements.) Good management will enable your business to manage Health & Safety appropriately, comply with the law and most importantly it will protect people from your risks associated with your business.
You need to consider a number of areas when planning and managing Health & Safety. It does not have to be onerous and by working through the basics you can put into place proportionate Health & Safety policies, systems and controls.
To get started you need to consider the following:
Decide what help you will need and who will provide this (refer to the section on competent advice)
Manage the ‘real' risks in your business (consider what risks and use the risk assessment templates - visit the section on Risk Assessment)
Provide training or information (you can use online training for some areas and/or classroom training)
Provide the right workplace facilities (consider what equipment you may need - see premises and equipment)
Consider how will you deal with emergencies i.e. Fire & First Aid (review the emergencies section)
Consider how you will inform and consult with your employees
Make sure you cover mandatory requirements such as holding insurance and displaying the Health & Safety Law Poster
Consider how you will keep up to date (this site will provide you with updates on a regular basis. You may also wish to consider further competent advice)
Health & Safety should be considered as another element of running your business or organisation. There are a number of Health & Safety phrases that can often cause panic and confusion. For a clear definition of these it is suggested that you click on on the health & safety phrases section before you proceed any further.
Once you are comfortable with these phrases, your next port of call is to start to work through the Plan, Do, Check & Act model. This will provide you with your strategic plan and give your approach towards risk management direction & structure.