November 29th, 2021.

Love it or hate it, health and safety at work is here to stay and all business owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their staff are working in an environment that is both physically and psychologically safe.

As business owner, you have a duty of care towards your staff, regardless of the number of employees within your organisation. Many business owners believe that only once you have more than five employees are you required to pay attention to health and safety. The magic number five comes from the fact that you need to have a documented health and safety policy once you have five employees, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need health and safety as you are growing your business.

The nature of your business may determine the extent to which you implement policies and procedures and even which policies and procedures you need, but as a starting point we recommend that your contract of employment is written requiring all employees to take responsibility for their own health and safety and that of colleagues, customers, suppliers and any other third parties.

We also suggest that they are required to internally report any....

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