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Safety Policy

Definition - What does Safety Policy mean?

A safety policy or health and safety policy of an organization is a recognized written statement that states an organization's commitment to the protection of the health and safety of the employees, as well as the society in the immediate surrounding neighborhood. It shows the details of all occupational health and safety elements with the policy to protect the employees’ life and health up to or surpassing what is required by the laws, regulations and practices in the relevant industry.

Safeopedia explains Safety Policy

The occupational health and safety act requires employers to develop and implement a safety policy. It requires the commitment and endorsement of the employer and employees to be a successful policy. There are generally three sections in a safety policy, which include:

  • Statement of the policy - The employer’s commitment to managing health and safety and the goal of the policy
  • Responsibility - Stating who is responsible for each specific action
  • Arrangements or procedures - Outlines the details of procedures including the reduction of hazard policy

It may also include about the following:

  • Employee training
  • Use of administrative controls, hazard isolation, locking, warnings, signs and symbols marking hazards, etc.
  • Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Removing hazardous materials or replacing such materials with less harmful alternatives
  • Improved lighting and working environment
  • Prevention of slip-trip-fall

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