Health & Safety

Do you comply with best practice in health and safety?
A. No.  We’re unaware of best practice in our sector.
B. We use common sense to be health and safety conscious.
C. We have documented evidence to verify compliance with minimum legal requirements.
D. We have documented evidence to verify compliance, and we routinely provide training in health and safety matters.
E. We consistently comply with best practice in health and safety matters, and continuously up-skill our team.  We regard compliance with legal requirements as ‘minimalist’.
[Score:  A=0, B=1, C=2, D=3 and E=4]
Why is this question important?

All businesses have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of their employees and other people affected by their business’ activities, such as customers and suppliers.

The correct approach isn’t just about doing the minimum required to comply with legal requirements.  Best practice in health and safety can benefit any business – poor health and safety leads to illness and accidents and other significant costs for any business, including higher insurance costs.

Effective health and safety practices pay for themselves. They also improve your reputation with customers, regulators and your own employees.

There is a responsibility to:

  • carry out a thorough health and safety risk assessment of your premises, your equipment, work processes …
  • draw up a detailed health and safety policy
  • ensure your workplace meets specified minimum standards
  • ensure that everyone is familiar with and adheres to best practice in health and safety matters.