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HSE to launch Risk Assessment and Policy Template, 1 September 2009

HSE working with Local Authorities, Field Operations Directorate and other key stakeholders, including the Small Business Trade Association Forum, has developed a Risk Assessment and Policy Template for duty holders in lower risk, small to medium enterprises (SMEs). This template combines the requirements of a risk assessment, health and safety policy and written record of health and safety arrangements into one document, eradicating duplication and saving time, resources and costs.

The template has been designed to be used along with the example risk assessments and a new example health and safety policy. As a package these tools are intended to demonstrate to businesses, a sensible and proportionate approach to meeting their basic health and safety duties.

Research confirms that small businesses want us to show them what they need to do to comply with health and safety regulations. These tools will help to get them off the starting blocks and may help enhance relationships by demonstrating our intention to assist and help businesses, not just to enforce them.

There is a suite of over 30 example risk assessments available on the HSE website, most of which are specific to sectors regulated by Local Authorities.

Your support and endorsement is key to the success of these tools and it is important that you recognise the template as fit for purpose. We would appreciate your help and ideas on the communication and promotion to duty-holders and we are happy to provide material and information packs for dissemination at visits, conferences and exhibitions.