Health and Safety Management Systems

Legislation in the United Kingdom requires that employers have appropriate arrangements in place for the management and control of health and safety at work. In order to achieve these requirement employers need to have effective occupational Health and Safety Management Systems that it is clearly defined and well documented.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 provide the legal framework for a Health and Safety Management System. Employers are required to make and give effect to such arrangements as are appropriate, having regard to the nature of their activities and the size of the undertaking, for the effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review of the preventive and protective measures. Where the organisation employs five or more employees, these arrangements must be recorded

A demonstrable and effective Health and Safety Management System should be in place. Your health and safety management system should be based on effective risk assessment and be subject to robust systems of internal control and review. The effective management of health and safety will depend on a suitable and sufficient risk assessment being carried out and the findings being effectively used. Each organisation needs to establish an effective health and safety management system to implement their health and safety policy. It needs to be proportionate to the hazards and risks they need to combat. Managers need to ensure that all employees, at all levels, are motivated and empowered to work safely. A systematic review of performance, based on the information obtained from monitoring auditing is required.

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