Health & Safety Policies & Procedures

Health & safety compliance goes beyond meeting legal obligations.

It may also include the underlying aims and objectives of regulations and any necessary licenses, permits, and protocols.

What is noncompliance in health and safety? A breach of compliance occurs when your business fails to follow legal obligations, industry standards, and recognised best practices.

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Why Health and Safety Policy matters to your business

Five is the magic number. Health and safety regulations require businesses that employ five or more people to document, maintain, update, and continuously improve their health and safety arrangements. When they have less than five employees, certain industries and sectors may have to document these elements if they have a high risk profile or specific legislation.

It is your responsibility to communicate these to your employees and ensure that the risks associated with their work are properly managed.

However, don’t be fooled –businesses with fewer employees don’t get out of jail with the magic number five. Regardless of the number of employees in your organisation, you have a responsibility to ensure that they are safe at work.

Make sure your health and safety documentation is appropriate, sufficient, and compliant by hiring the experts. Need help with this? – Contact ABH today.

Why should you trust ABH with your safety policies and procedures

The safety policies and procedures we develop with our clients at ABH Safety Services are of the highest quality. Here are some of the reasons you should have high-quality Health and Safety procedures in place:

Reduce your costs

Safety at work allows employees to continue working while minimising absences due to work-related illness or injury. By having a healthy workforce, you minimise hiring temporary workers to fill in for recovering workers. You also lower the cost of repairs and replacements by reducing the risk of damaging equipment. A solid and robust health and safety program can reduce insurance premiums and lower the cost of incidents not covered by insurance.

Protect your staff

Workplace health and safety policies that are strictly enforced help reduce the likelihood of your employees being injured, ill, or suffering any other form of harm at work. When you have clear documentation, you can fulfil your moral duty to take care of your employees with confidence, thus setting the foundation for safety.

Improve your reputation

With our healthy and safe policies and procedures, you can establish a good reputation in your industry for securing the health and wellness of your employees. Building a trustworthy reputation can spread to your clients, associates, and staff members’ personal circles to the point that you can attract more business partnerships and hires. A work-related accident can damage your credibility if you don’t put your staff’s health and safety first.

Retain your teams

It is critical to keep your employees safe and healthy, especially if you work in a field with a relatively high level of health and safety risks. As a result, the company maintains a highly skilled and experienced workforce that produces better work than its competitors. Recruiting and training new employees to counterbalance high turnover also saves you time and resources.

Guide the actions of your employees

It is the leaders’ responsibility to guide workers on how to do their jobs safely and to the best of their ability. Even if you instruct your employees to maximise their productivity and performance, they can unwittingly put themselves at risk if they do not have proper health and safety policies and procedures. Establish health and safety regulations that allow your employees to perform their tasks without sacrificing their health.


Health and safety are covered by industry standards and the law for everyone working at your company. Additionally, you have an obligation not just to your employees and other immediate stakeholders, but also to regulatory bodies, local authorities, and the government. We can keep you and your company up-to-date on industry best practices and legislative changes through our health and safety policies and procedures.

Improve morale within the company

When your staff is engaged in their work, it reflects how much effort you put into ensuring their health and safety. Those under your management will act accordingly if you show concern for their welfare. Show concern with health and safety measures, and they are more likely to be productive knowing that you support them. If you only make the tiniest gesture at staff security, you risk them disengaging at best or engaging in unsafe behaviour at worst.

H&S Policy and Procedure FAQs

A statement of intent should specify your general policy on health and safety, as well as your commitment to managing health and safety. Employers are required to sign and evaluate this statement on a regular basis.
In addition, it should list the people in your company with specific responsibilities for health and safety, including their roles and responsibilities. Last but not least, it needs to detail how you will achieve your health and safety goals.

Setting up a health and safety policy can be difficult. As the foundation of your health and safety management program, they set the tone for your company's health and safety culture. The Health & Safety Department is perfectly positioned to assist businesses with the creation of customized policies that encompass their true health and safety risks.

As part of our services, we can develop bespoke health and safety policies and procedures tailored to your company and its requirements. Some examples are: emergency evacuation procedures, fire procedures and policies, safe systems and method statements, and risk assessments.

Hazards include anything that can harm people, such as a broken guardrail, radiation, or incorrect handling. In contrast, a risk is the likelihood that a hazard will cause harm to people, regardless of its size.

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