Health and Safety Policy

Last Updated: January 2, 2021

Definition - What does Health and Safety Policy mean?

A health and safety policy is an organization's statement regarding its commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. In the United States and Canada, employers are legally required to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. An employer's health and safety policy communicates this safety commitment and obligation to each individual employee. Similar to a health and safety program, the size and scope of an employer's health and safety policy will depend on the size and needs of the particular organization.

WorkplaceTesting explains Health and Safety Policy

A health and safety policy is serves as the guide for an employer's health and safety program. The health and safety policy describes in broad terms the requirements for an employer's program. A health and safety policy should include a statement of the employer's commitment to workplaces safety and its employees' obligation to support the policy. A well-written policy will also include standards for accountability and enforcement of the policy.

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