A health and safety policy is a document that outlines an organisation’s commitment to, and procedures for, health and safety. The preparation of its health and safety policy is the starting point for managing health and safety in the organisation. 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 provides general practice managers with a short guide to the legal requirement on employers to have an up-to-date health and safety policy in place. 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.

Sample policies are included in this topic.

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