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Health and safety law applies to all businesses, however small. Every employer has a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of their staff and others - such as customers and members of the public - who may be affected by their work activities. Health and safety duties also extend to the self-employed and employees.
Starting a new business can be daunting, and you may be unsure how to start managing health and safety in your workplace. The following ten point guide takes you through your legal responsibilities, step by step.
1. Write your health and safety policy
2. Carry out a risk assessment
3. Display the health and safety law poster
4. Take out Employers' Liability Insurance
5. Meet workplace standards
6. Understand accident reporting and purchase an accident book
7. Consult your workers
8. Train your workers
9. Comply with Smoke free legislation
10. Carry out a fire risk assessment
For information specific to your kind of business can be found in our business specific webpages. The business specific webpages highlight hazards for specific businesses e.g. In Warehouses, Fork Lift Trucks can be hazards or in the Beauty Industry, Acrylic Nails etc. Look under the related information for your business.
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