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Employee Induction Handbook

An employee Health and Safety Handbook is an efficient way of communicating your Health & Safety Policy to staff whilst also providing health and safety information, including company rules, policies and safe working procedures for employees to follow.

This document will also show your commitment as a business towards health and safety.

Your Health & Safety Handbook should help employees understand how health and safety is managed in your workplace, and how work activities may affect them or others. It should therefore set out, in detail, employees’ duties and the general safety rules they must follow.

There is no legal requirement to have a Health and Safety Handbook, however the handbook will enable you to fulfil the legal duties as set out by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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  • Regulation 1(1) of The Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 places a general duty onto the employer and states that ‘It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.’
  • Regulation 2 (3) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 States ‘it shall be the duty of every employer to prepare and as often as may be appropriate revise a written statement of his general policy with respect to the health and safety at work of his employees and the organisation and arrangements for the time being in force for carrying out that policy, and to bring the statement and any revision of it to the notice of all of his employees.’

Agility Risk and Compliance will create a health and safety employee handbook which will cover the following:

  • Companies Health & Safety Policy Statement
  • Companies Health & Safety Management Structure
  • Responsibility Matrix
  • Employees Legal Responsibilities and Safety Rules
  • Employees Health and Safety Arrangements
  • Health and Safety Induction Check Sheet

A health and safety employee handbook will help you ensure that you have consulted with your employees, and provided them with relevant information:

All employees should be:

  • Aware of and understand the organisations Health and Safety Policy.
  • Aware of and understand your legal responsibilities under Health & Safety Legislation.
  • Aware of and understand the organisations health and safety rules.
  • Provided with Safe Systems of Work.
  • Provided with a safe and healthy working environment.
  • Provided with suitable information, instruction, training and supervision.
  • Made aware of the significant risks associated with your work activities and how they may affect others.

Once the Health & Safety Handbook has been issued it is important for employees to familiarise themselves with its contents, that is why it is recommended that the language used in an employee handbook is kept clear, simple and concise. Employees should also include information on who to contact for any further clarification if required. It is recommended that you retain evidence of this information provided to employees.

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