All organisations employing five or more people are required to have a health and safety policy in place.

The health and safety policy is a document that outlines an organisation’s commitment to, and procedures for, health and safety. Such a policy sets out how the organisation will approach and discharge its duties in relation to the management of occupational health, safety and welfare.

This topic gives an overview of how to compile a health and safety policy in the education and early years sectors. It describes the three essential components of the policy and how to lay it out. It also considers the reasons for having a health and safety policy, its objectives, and how to communicate the policy to the workforce.

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