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What are the legal Health and Safety requirements for my small business?

If you are running a small business the thought of Health and Safety may be a bit daunting but don’t be put off it is not as complicated as you think.

For smaller businesses there are a series of tasks to follow:

PLAN – Plan how you are going to manage the Health and Safety.

DO – Control your risks and prioritise how you are going to deal with them.

CHECK – Measure how you are performing.

ACT – Learn from your experiences.

There are some basic processes that must be carried out in order for you to comply with the law.

  1. Write your company Health and Safety Policy – There are three elements of your policy.
  1. Address what risks are involved within the daily process of your business – Identifying the hazards and risks associated with the tasks.
  1. Consult with your employees – As a small business you may want to consult with your staff directly.
  1. Provide training and information – Employees must have sufficient training and information to carry out their duties.
  1. Provide workplace facilities – You must provide the necessary welfare facilities for your employees, these include toilets, hand basins with soap and towels provided, fresh drinking water, a place to sit and eat and an area to change if necessary.
  1. First Aid/Accidents – If an accident should occur it is your responsibility to attend to the needs of your employees.
  1. The Health and Safety law poster must be displayed where all staff have access.
  1. Get your business insured – Keep this insurance up to date
  1. Keep up to date – Keep your documents and knowledge up to date.

If you follow these basics steps you can be confident that as a small business you are taking the correct steps to keeping on the right side of Health and Safety law.

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