Standard 4 Health and Safety

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Level 1    

Topic Criteria Guidance
1.4.1
Leading health and safety
Have a health and safety policy in place The policy should describe how you will manage health and safety in your business and how you will let your staff and others know about your commitment to health and safety. If you have five or more employees you must have a written policy.
A simple template or customised policy may be used.
1.4.1
Leading health and safety
Carry out a health and safety risk assessment You will need to identify what in your business might cause harm to people (including visitors, contractors and neighbours) and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent that harm.
When the risks are identified, decide how to control them and put the appropriate measures in place. If you have five or more employees you must write this down.
1.4.2
Raising awareness
Provide training and information to employees Clear instructions, information and adequate training must be provided for employees on, hazards and risks they may face, measures in place to deal with those hazards and risks, how to follow any emergency procedures. Training arrangements and records should be in place.
1.4.2
Raising awareness
Display the health and safety law poster If you employ anyone you must display the health and safety law poster or provide each worker with a pocket card.

Level 2

 Topic Criteria
Guidance
2.4.1
Leading health and safety
Establish a Health and  Safety Champion The role of the champion is to promote good health and safety practice.
2.4.1
Leading health and safety
Keep up to date with health and safety knowledge and practice

Keep your knowledge of health and safety risks in relation to your business and your health and safety policy and risk assessments up to date.

Appoint someone competent to give advice to assist you to manage health and safety aspects of your business.  You could appoint (one or a combination of):

  • Yourself (owner / manager)
  • One or more workers
  • Someone from outside your business.
2.4.2
Improving health and safety
Involve your staff in health and safety policy and practice Listen and talk to staff about health and safety in the workplace, how risks are controlled, the best ways of providing information for them, and to raise and resolve health and safety issues.

Staff may be consulted directly or through a health and safety champion chosen by staff or selected by a trade union.

Level 3

 Topic Criteria
Guidance
3.4.1
Leading health and safety
Review the health and safety policy, risk assessments, and any other health and safety related policies and procedures The health and safety arrangements of the business should be reviewed to ensure they continue to reflect the hazards of the business.  Where new equipment has been purchased or new ways of working introduced, the policy should be reviewed at this time.  Staff should be involved in the review process and receive updated information and instruction where changes are made.
3.4.1
Leading health and safety
Ensure all managers have received appropriate health and safety training Managers need to be trained, so that they are aware of their role and responsibilities in relation to health and safety.  This will ensure that the risk profile of the business is managed effectively.