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Ensuring the health safety and welfare of your employees

Legal obligations for the health, safety and welfare of employees, adapted under core licence from the Health and Safety Executive's website

Help creating a health and safety policy, and undertaking risk assessments.
PlanIT health and safety software tool.
  • New businesses need to register either with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or your Local Authority - depending business type.
  • Decide what could cause harm to people and how to take precautions. Risk assessment (PDF file).
  • Decide how to manage health and safety in the business. (5 or more employees take notes.)
    Health and safety policy.
  • Take a look at An Introduction to Health and Safety (PDF file) for two ready-made self-assessment forms. One for a risk assessment and the other for as health and safety policy.
  • Consider Employers Liability Compulsory Insurance and the certificate must be displayed in the workplace.
  • Free health and safety training for your workers is a must, hazards and should be watched constantly
  • Competent advice should be sought, to help you meet your health and safety duties. This can be workers from your business, external consultants/advisers or a combination of these.
  • Provide toilets, washing facilities and drinking water for all your employees, including those with disabilities.
  • You must consult employees on health and safety matters.
  • If you have employees you must display the health and safety law poster or provide workers with a leaflet with the same information.
  • If you are an employer, self-employed or in control of work premises, by law you must report some work-related accidents, diseases, and dangerous occurrences.
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