Paper 1 Management of Health and Safety
Element 2 Setting Health & Safety Policy
1. (a) Outline the general content of the THREE sections of a health and safety policy. (6)
(b) Explain why the health and safety policy should be signed by the most senior person in an organization, such as a Managing Director or Chief Executive· Officer. (2)
(a) The three sections of a policy are the 'statement of intent', which both demonstrates management's commitment to health and safety and sets goals and objectives for the organization, then to the 'organization' section, the purpose of which is to allocate health and safety responsibilities within the company, to ensure effective control, competency, cooperation and to set up lines of communication, and finally, to the 'arrangements' section which sets out in detail the systems and procedures to implement the policy such as controlling hazards, provision of PPE, emergency procedures, monitoring, plant and equipment etc.
(b) The signature of the most senior person in the organization would demonstrate management commitment, responsibility for health and safety in the organization, to set, approve and review the policies and to ensure the resources for effective implementation of health & safety.
2. (a) Explain the purpose of the 'statement of intent section of a health and safety policy (2)
(b) Outline the circumstances that would require a health and safety policy to be reviewed. (6)
(a) The 'statement of intent' section of a health and safety policy is designed to demonstrate management commitment to health and safety in terms of aims and objectives, example, commitment to improve trainings, reduce the incidents etc.
(b) The circumstances to review the policy include significant changes in the organization; after the introduction of new machinery or new processes or work methods; following changes in key personnel; following changes in