The General Health & Safety Policy
The most important policy is the general health and safety policy.
Having a general health and safety policy is the law in some countries.
The policy should state how your business views health & safety and how you intend to manage it.
The policy should outline management’s commitment to providing a safe workplace.
The expectations from everyone who works on or visits your site should be clear.
It should be visible to everyone attending the workplace. All site occupants should be encouraged to become familiar with the policy.
There should also be statements that relate to the behaviour of all site occupants. An example would be the unacceptability of specific actions such as sexual discrimination, bullying, and racial/social discrimination.
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Policies to Cover All Operations
Additionally, there should be policies relating to how plant, equipment and other property is to be treated by on-site personnel.
There should also be policies that outline how jobs, tasks and activities are carried out.
Policies should not be thrown together “on the run”.
For policies to be effective, they need communicating to workers. Exposure to policies should first happen at inductions. Communication should also be made each time a policy is updated.
It’s no good having a policy that no one knows exists!
Policies Need Enforcement
Policies need to enforcement!
You, as the business owner or manager, need to assert your authority in the workplace.
It should be common knowledge that you mean business where your policies are concerned.
Policies are useless without enforcement.