I am reviewing our current health and safety policy and, in particular, the written statement on our general policy. Are there principles I can follow to make sure the written statement is meeting best practice?

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I am reviewing our current health and safety policy and, in particular, the written statement on our general policy. Are there principles I can follow to make sure the written statement is meeting best practice?

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To ensure that an appropriate written statement is developed, the organisation should reflect on the purpose of the written statement.

HSG65 Managing for Health and Safety states that “policies should be designed to meet legal requirements, prevent health and safety problems, and enable you to respond quickly where difficulties arise or new risks are introduced”. It further suggests that the policy sets “a clear direction for the organisation to follow”.

Similarly, BS18004 Guide to Achieving Effective Occupational Health and Safety Performance states that a policy “establishes an overall sense of direction and should guide the setting of objectives against which all subsequent actions will be evaluated”.

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