HSE launches free online H&S guidance

by Alex on August 3, 2013

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After a radical overhaul of their management standards publication, HSE has launched new online guidance to help both large and small businesses deal with improving health and safety in the workplace.

The ‘Managing for Health and Safety’ guidance, previously available as a long and detailed document, has been transformed into a fully interactive web portal, with sections geared towards business leaders, workers and health and safety practitioners.

The site is split into four main sections:

The core elements section focuses on the basics of why health and safety is necessary, and how a business leader should approach it, while ‘Are you doing what you need to do?’ guides users through legal duties, risk profiling and worker consultation.

‘Delivering effective arrangements’ is geared towards H&S practitioners and training providers, detailing HSE’s new Plan, Do, Check, Act initiative, which aims to integrate health and safety into wider management schemes. Finally, the site has a wide range of online resources, from official HSE documents to independent self-assessment tools.

For small business owners unsure of where to start, HSE also provides a guide to Health and Safety Made Simple, and a Health and Safety Toolbox, which gives risk-specific advice for controlling everything from fire safety to workplace transport.

Although the scope of the new site is wide, one message crops up again and again: risk assessments and method statements are essential. Use HANDS HQ’s online tools to create professional RAMS documents in moments, with low cost and little fuss.

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