FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

These are just some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) we get asked, please get in touch if you have a query.

What is Health & Safety?

Your workplace  has Health and Safety regulations and procedures in place.  First of all they are to make your workplace a safe place for you to be working.  They are intended to prevent accident or injury to individuals, whether these are employees, visitors or members of the public.

What is the Health & Safety at Work Act?

The HSWA is the main Health and Safety legislation covering occupational Health and Safety in the United Kingdom.  It places a duty on employers to ensure that, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees.

Why is Health & Safety important?

It is important as it protects the welfare of employees, visitors, employers and members of the public.  Poor Health and Safety can result in accidents and injuries and, as a result, prosecution, increased costs, staff losses and low staff morale.

What is Occupational Health & Safety?

Basically it is the Health, Safety and Welfare of people at work.

Occupational Health & Safety keep people well at work – physically and mentally. Occupational health will help  keep your employees healthy and safe whilst in work.  Furthermore it will manage any risks in the workplace that are likely to give rise to work-related ill health.

Research shows that good health is good for business and better workplaces have better financial results.

What is workplace Health & Safety?

Workplace Health and Safety is also covered in the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.  It places a duty on employers to make sure that the workplace is safe and suitable for the tasks to be carried out.  Also that these tasks do not present a risk to employees and others.

Do I need a Health & Safety Policy and does it need to be written down?

The Health & Safety Policy is a legal document. If you employ five or more people then your Health and Safety Policy must be written down.  If you employ under five people, it is good practice to have it documented, but this is not a legal requirement.

Should a Health & Safety Policy be signed?

Yes, the Policy should be signed, as stated in the HSWA.  This should be a senior person, who is responsible for Health and Safety.  It should also be dated within the last 12 months and communicated to all parties.

What is a Health & Safety Policy?

A Health and Safety Policy is a legal document split into three parts.

  • The Statement of Intent (what you are intending to do, keep everyone safe at work).
  • The Organisation (who’s who and who is ultimately responsible).
  • And finally the Arrangements section (who is responsible for which area and the procedure for carrying this out).
Do I need a Health & Safety Law Poster and must it be displayed?

Employers are required by law to display the HSE approved law poster or give their workers the equivalent leaflet. All businesses must comply with this.

Do I need a Health & Safety Representative?

Employers need to communicate with the workforce on Health and Safety matters.  It is not however a legal requirement to appoint an official representative.  The representative would be chosen by the employees or trade union to speak on their behalf.

When must an employer appoint a Health & Safety representative?

As an employer, you must appoint someone competent to assist you.  This can be from either inside your organisation or an external person or company.  If this person comes from within your organisation they must have the relevant knowledge, skills and experience to carry out this role.  An external consultant should be listed on the OSHCR register, independently managed by the HSE. https://www.oshcr.org

Who is responsible for Health & Safety (at work)?

It is the employer or the person in charge of the premises who is ultimately responsible.  However self-employed people, employees and visitors also have a duty of care to look after themselves and each other.

Who are the Health & Safety Executive?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are a national independent watchdog for work related health, safety and illness in the United Kingdom.  They are responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare.

Why is it important to assess Health & Safety risks?

An assessment can identify when changes need to happen within the workplace, to help eliminate or minimise the risk.

Why are Health & Safety meetings important and when should we consult with employees?

Employers are required to give the opportunity to the workforce to participate effectively in improving Health and Safety at work.  Regular, documented meetings, are a way of fulfilling this duty.  Consultation promotes a positive health and safety culture.

Where to find Health & Safety information?

Further guidance can be found on the following websites:

www.cravensafetyservices.co.uk

www.hse.gov.uk

www.iosh.co.uk

www.oshcr.co.uk

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