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Section 1 Health and Safety Management

Section 2 Health and Safety Policy 

 

Description:  This unit has been designed to explain the main elements of an effective health and safety policy and management system along with the techniques and arrangements necessary for their implementation.

Author:  Gates MacBain Associates


Section 1 Health and Safety Management




Aims and Objectives

At the end of this section you should be able to:
  • State the main areas relating to the aspects of Health and Safety Management


In order to set up a management system you will need a good understanding of the factors relating to Health and Safety, their requirements and how they are enforced. You can gain this through the other units relating to Health and Safety which are available on the constructionsite. You should start by visiting ‘Conforming to Health & Safety Legislation (Health and Safety Management)’ and also visit the website ‘Successful Health and Safety Management’ linked to below.   

Another source of study is to read the ‘Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction’ book. This provides a framework for managing health and safety. 



Websites



Publications

  • Hughes, P, (2009) Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction; Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann (Chapter 1)



Constructionsite Units



Self-Assessment Task

  • Outline the main aspects relevant to the establishment of a Health and Safety management system.





Section 2  Health and Safety Policy




Aims and Objectives

At the end of this section you should be able to:
  • Produce a simple Health and Safety Policy.


If a company employs more than five people it must provide a detailed Health and Safety Policy. This is a declaration of the employer to safeguard the health and safety of the employees. 

If more than 20 persons are employed the company must appoint a Safety Supervisor. Health and Safety Policies are concerned with the protection of employees and persons likely to come into contact with the company from hazards or dangers, which are involved with the company carrying out its business. 

The Policy sets out individual responsibilities for the safe working conditions and the level of duty imposed on each employee. It should emphasise the importance of safety of employees and members of the public, and this will take precedence over expediency. It will show that every effort will be made to involve all personnel from the Managing Director to Labourer and that all legislation will be complied with. 

The policy will show the organisation and accountability of all management personnel. You should work through the constructionsite unit ‘Conforming to Health & Safety Legislation (Enforcement of Health & Safety Policy)’ which will look at Health and Safety Policies.  An example of a Health & Safety Plan and guidance on how to produce it are available from the HSE at the link ‘Write your health and safety policy’ below. 



Websites



Publications

  • Hughes, P, (2009) Introduction to Health and Safety in Construction; Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann (Chapter 2 & 3)



Constructionsite Units



Self-Assessment Task

  • Produce a Health and Safety Policy suitable for a plumbing and heating company employing 25 personnel.






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