Risk Management FAQs

Q: Do I need a Health & Safety Policy?

A: A health and safety policy sets out your general approach, objectives and the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business. It is a unique document that says who does what, when and how.

If you have five or more employees, you must write your policy down.

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Q: What is the difference between a policy and a risk Assessment?

A: Policy: general vision and arrangements for the whole business.

Risk assessment: a regular review of how you remove or control hazards, and whether you are doing enough, or if you require further controls.

A policy will only be effective if you and your staff act on it, follow it through and review it on a regular basis.

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Q: Do I need a Fire Risk Assessment?

A: The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) came into effect in October 2006 and replaced over 70 pieces of fire safety law.

The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales, including the common parts of blocks of flats and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). The law applies to you if you are:

  • responsible for business premises
  • an employer or self-employed with business premises
  • responsible for a part of a dwelling where that part is solely used for business purposes
  • a charity or voluntary organisation
  • a contractor with a degree of control over any premises
  • providing accommodation for paying guests

Under the FSO, the responsible person must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement and maintain a fire management plan.

Q: What is health and safety all about?

A: Preventing people from being harmed by work or becoming ill by taking the right precautions and providing a satisfactory working environment.

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Q: Why are there health and safety laws?

A: Because health and safety at work is so important, there are rules which require all of us not to put ourselves or others in danger. The law is also there to protect the public from workplace dangers.

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Q: Do health and safety laws apply to me?

A: Yes. To all businesses, however small; also to the selfemployed and to employees.

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