The Purpose of a Health & Safety Policy

by Rowena Odina; Updated September 26, 2017

A health and safety policy ensures that the employer complies with the Occupational Safety and Health Act and relevant state legislation. It provides guidelines for establishing and implementing programs that will reduce workplace hazards, protect lives and promote employee health.

Significance

A well-defined policy on health and safety will help reduce the incidence and seriousness of work-related injuries. Fewer accidents mean lower workers’ compensation costs, less down time and increased productivity.

Scope

A company policy identifies management and employee roles in health and safety. It provides for a work site analysis to determine the presence of hazards. It also specifies hazard prevention and control procedures, and outlines required employee training.

Responsibilities

Employers are responsible for keeping the workplace safe. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers must inform employees of safety standards, provide training, eliminate or reduce hazards, and supply protective equipment. They must perform tests in the workplace and maintain accurate records. Employees must take an active part in keeping the workplace safe by complying with safety standards, rules and regulations.

About the Author

Rowena Odina has been writing handbooks, manuals and employee communication pieces since 2002 as part of her human resources management functions. She specializes in writing about human resources topics. She has a certificate in human resources management from Seneca College and a certificate in payroll management from the Canadian Payroll Association.