The HSE stipulate that you need a written Health and Safety Policy in place if you employ 5 persons or more including yourself. This policy should state the arrangements you have in place in order to ensure the health and safety of your workforce. The policy statement and procedures in place should be reviewed each year or sooner if:
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You may only have a small office but every workplace has its risks. Slip and Trip hazards, such as wet floors and cluttered walkways, can cause significant injuries. Setting high standards for your workplace and communicating those standards to everyone, employees, visitors and contractors alike is central to managing the Health and Safety of everyone that deals with your business.
An HSE inspector can visit you premises at any time and if they identify a material breach of the law, you will have to pay a fee for intervention. Currently the fee for intervention stands at £129 per hour for all the HSE time taken to investigate and apply the appropriate enforcement actions.
The reactive approach to health and safety management not only means that your people can get hurt but it could have a serious impact on your reputation and even cost you more in the long run.