Well written, appropriate and company specific Health and Safety policies and procedures are the backbone of any good safety management system. They should be clear, precise and easy for your staff to understand.
Getting them wrong will leave the company and individuals legally exposed should something go wrong. It is why generic templates and policies written by the non-specialist who “sort of know what is needed” are a ticking time bomb waiting to catch out the unwary.
We all have cameras on our phones we sort of know how to use, but that does not mean we are all photographers. The same can be said for Health & Safety Policies, everyone thinks they know what they are but that does not make them safety experts.
Our Health & Safety consultants can provide you with company specific Health & Safety Policies specific to your business mitigating the risks and pitfalls which come with the 'do it yourself' approach. We take the time to understand your business, your people and company culture to create policies and procedures bespoke to your needs.
Our Consultants come from varying backgrounds and are experienced in manufacturing environments, commercial and service industries which allows us to quickly get a grasp on what is required with the minimum of fuss.
The foundation to a safety management system which details how a company complies with the legislative requirements placed upon them. Policies detail the ‘Who, What and Why‘ of a companies approach to health & safety.
They must compliment other company policies, such as HR, so as not to create ambiguity in the approach taken. This is sometimes the reasoning behind HR departments being made responsible for Health & Safety.This approach is OK for low risk undertakings but anything more requires the specialist knowledge of a health & safety professional.
Our approach is to work closely with all relevant stakeholders to ensure policies are not only suitable and sufficient for your needs but integrate with current systems. So whether you need a single policy or a complete suite we can provide you with a solution.
Procedures provide the ‘How and When‘ to the policies ‘Who, What and Why‘; they provide structure and output.
The best written policies in the world mean nothing without the procedures to back them up. Working closely with stakeholders we can help devise a set of procedures inline with your policies; helping the company evidence their compliance with the legal duties placed upon them.
Most importantly we can also advise on what is not required to prevent unnecessary bureaucracy and paperwork which so often can lead to safety management system failure.
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