The safer workplace, better business pack is aims to ensure that small businesses can comply with requirements of current Health and Safety standards.
Each section explains the employer’s duties, the actions required, and allows the employer to document policies, controls and procedures they implement within their business. Once completed the pack will enable the business to identify the key hazards in their workplace, introduce suitable control measures and have a documented system available for inspection by enforcement officers.
To download this pack, you can either click on each of the sections below and then download the required document(s), or you can download the complete pack.
Complete version of the SWBB pack. The essential guide to Health and Safety for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
SWBB sections and individual documents
SWBB procedures/policy cover sheet.
Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulation 1995 (RIDDOR).
Electricity can kill. Even non-fatal shocks can cause severe and permanent injury. Electrical installations and equipment should be safe and maintained to prevent danger.
Fire risk assessment is a legal requirement for every workplace. Even a small fire could have fatal consequences and will have serious financial implications for any business.
If you employ more than five members of staff, it is a legal requirement to have a Health and Safety Policy Statement.
Many businesses use either mains gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking or heating. Gas equipment and services must be safely installed and maintained as they can present fire, explosion and asphyxiation hazards.
The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 and associated Approved Code of Practice specify the level of provision of ἀrst aid facilities in the work place to serve employees.
During day to day maintenance, redecoration and refurbishment of your premises you, your employees, contractors, customers and members of the public can be put at risk. These risks require identification and control.
This sheet should be used to detail any activities you carry out that are not covered as part of this pack. Please duplicate this sheet where necessary.
If you are doing major alteration or refurbishment of your premises you, staff, contractors, customers and the public can be put at risk. These risks require identiἀcation and control.
How you handle suppliers and contractors is important.
It is essential to train and supervise your staff effectively to make sure that they operate safety at work.
Vulnerable Workers can include expectant mothers, people with a disability and young people. These groups may be at more risk than other people at work and need special attention from the employer.
List of documentation that should be completed and maintained to comply with Health and Safety requirements.
Cover sheet for the protection section of the SWBB pack.
SWBB asbestos survey form.
Asbestos is the biggest Occupational Health Killer causing 3500 deaths a year.
Work-related asthma is asthma caused or made worse by work.
Whatever the size of your business you will use chemicals. Some chemicals and substances are harmful and can cause injury or ill health. You must assess the risk of these materials and provide protection for staff and the public.
Work related dermatitis (often called eczema) is one of the main causes of ill-health for catering and cleaning staff and is a very painful condition. However, dermatitis is easily prevented using good hygiene techniques.
Although the number of conἀrmed cases of Legionnaires’ Disease remain relatively low, the high mortality rate amongst susceptible individuals is such that the control of legionellosis is a real consideration in buildings, especially those which accommodate the elderly or people whose immune system is impaired.
Cover sheet of the good practices section of the SWBB pack.
Staff who work by themselves without close or direct supervision can have some additional risks to their health and safety.
Moving loads using physical force is called manual handling. It causes nearly a third of all reportable accidents. Manual handling activities should be avoided where possible and risk assessments done wherever they have to be carried out.
Some staff may be at increased risk of suffering from violence and aggression whilst at work.
Slips and Trips are the biggest cause of accidents in any business.
Whatever your business you provide equipment at work. Machinery and work equipment can pose risks to staff that must be assessed. Some machinery and equipment can be particularly dangerous and require special checks and controls.
Workplace transport can pose significant risks to staff that must be assessed. Transport accidents can often be serious or fatal.
Falls from height remain the most common kind of workplace fatality and can easily be prevented by taking simple precautions.
Cover sheet for the records section of the SWBB pack.
You should afix your accident book/paper records here, or directions as to where accidents should be recorded.
SWBB incident record sheet.
Keep a record of your staff training.
You should record important dates such as lift inspection visits on this chart.
Cover sheet for the extra care section of the SWBB pack.
Gas equipment and services must only be installed and repaired by Gas Safe registered installer.
Radon is a clear, colourless, odourless gas which is given off from the ground and some building materials. It is a source of natural radioactivity.
Gas Safety Checks for mobile catering businesses.
Checklist for Gas Safety Checks for Outside Catering businesses.