Source: Health & Safety Executive (HSE)


The law says that every business must have a policy for managing health and safety and protecting staff.

A health and safety policy sets out the general approach and management of health and safety in their business. It should clearly say who does what, when, and how.

If a business has five or more employees, a policy must be written down. If a business has fewer than five employees, it does not have to be written down, but it is useful to do so.

As an employer, you must share your policy, and any changes to it, with your employees. Click for HSE’s step-by-step guide, which shows how to write a health and safety policy, as well as outlining the legal requirements.

This guide is part of HSE’s updated health and safety made simple website.

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