Health and safety information

There’s lots of health and safety risks, hazards and legislation to consider for a hospitality, retail or leisure business.

On this page you’ll find a series of frequently asked questions and answers to get you started. If your question isn’t on the list, reach out to us.

Legislation and documentation

What is the Health and Safety at Work Act?

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 is the primary piece of legislation which deals with workplace health and safety in Great Britain. Sometimes referred to as HSW, HASAW 1974 or HASAWA, it is an act of Parliament that sets out the framework for managing workplace health and safety in the UK.

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What is employers liability insurance?

This insurance is compulsory for most businesses. It protects the employee by ensuring your business has the resources to meet the cost of compensation, should it be paid to the employee for injuries or illness. 

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How to write a health and safety policy?

When a health and safety policy you should use simple, clear and concise language. Remembering that your policy is being drawn together to share with everybody and so it should be easily read and understood. 

There are three parts to an effective health and safety policy.

– A general statement of intent

– Responsibility or organisation (people and their duties)

– Arrangement (systems and procedures) 

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What is the health and safety poster?

Employers are required, by law, to either display the HSE-approved law poster or to provide each of their workers with the equivalent leaflet.

The posters should be displayed in all business sites in a location that can be accessed by all employees. 

Risk assessments

What's the difference between a risk and a hazard?

Hazard is something with potential to cause harm, injury or illness. This could be machinery, chemical or fire for example., However, just because something has potential, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will cause harm, that depends on many factors.

Risk refers to the likelihood or chances of harm being caused by the hazard, so for example we talk about things or situations being high risk, low risk and everything in between. In other words how likely would it be that something could happen.

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How to carry out a risk assessment.

Determing the level of risk is one of the of the most important parts of health and safety and is completed by a risk assessment exercise. There’s no fixed rule on how to do a risk assessment but the simplest way to do it, and the most commonly used method, is to break down the task into these distinct five steps below.

Step 1 – What are the hazards?

Step 2 – Who could be harmed?

Step 3 – What control measures are needed?

Step 4 – Record it

Step 5 – Review it

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First aid

How many first aiders do I need?

There’s no definitive answer here. Your business needs to ensure that your staff and visitors have access to medical attention in an emergency. You should carry out a risk assessment to determine how many first aider are required. But, a good starting point to ensure that you always have one on site.

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Long form information about health and safety.

What is employers liability insurance?

What is employers liability insurance?

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Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees while they are at work. This means you must put in place reasonable steps to prevent them getting injured or ill, but you must also put steps in place for them to to be protected if they do sustain an injury or illness – an injury or illness which is the liability of work they’ve undertaken for your business.

5 steps of a Risk Assessment

5 steps of a Risk Assessment

7 min read
A large part of managing the health and safety of your business is controlling the risks in your workplace. This is one the activities which is a must-do – health and safety law does require it and it does by way of a risk assessment.