A health and safety policy is one of the most essential parts of a company's health and safety management systems. Your policy document should outline what you will do to manage health and safety in your business and who is responsible for implementing and managing it.
An overlooked area in many businesses, a DSE or workstation assessment, is essentially a risk assessment for someone who uses a computer for the majority of their work. It may seem trivial compared to some workplace hazards, but almost 75% of DSE users in a recent survey report health issues attributed directly to their work - and if those injuries (mainly back and neck pain) become more severe, a business could be liable for prosecution, fines and compensation if it hasn't taken the appropriate precautions.
Due partly to our compensation culture and also hopefully a genuine desire to make the world of work a safer place, all companies need to manage their health and safety to some extent. Producing risk assessments for the tasks you undertake, or for your overall working environment, is normally the first step and it isn’t as daunting as some people would have you believe. For most small businesses, risk assessments are a simple document that can be produced by anyone who can work logically through a series of steps – some reading is useful to be able to identify the hazards, but we’ll get to that later.
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