Health and Safety Executive

Business owners are responsible for managing health and safety and advice is available to help small and medium sized businesses understand what they do and don’t need to do to avoid unnecessary paperwork and effort.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has developed a range of tools and guidance to help small and medium sized businesses understand health and safety.

If you are a small or medium sized business, whether new to health and safety or an experienced or expanding business, when you see the H&S ABC logo you will know that those tools and pieces of guidance have been specifically designed with you in mind.

The advice available will help you understand what you do and don’t need to do to avoid unnecessary paperwork and effort.


A HEALTH AND SAFETY MADE SIMPLE is the go-to guide for all the basic information that businesses need to start managing health and safety. It offers simple, clear information on what businesses must do to comply with the law.

It covers topics such as deciding what facilities need to be available in the workplace, how to consult employees and what training and information to provide.


B THE HEALTH AND SAFETY TOOLBOX: How to control risks and work. Straightforward advice on the most common health and safety hazards in all types of business and shows how businesses can take practical steps to control risks. The guidance contains advice on:

 The toolbox provides practical case studies to help businesses learn from others.


C  RISK ASSESSMENT TOOLS. Simple tools to show business how to identify their hazards and risks and produce tailored risk assessments for their workplace:

The example risk assessment show the approach that HSE expects small and medium sized business to take and give examples of how other businesses have managed similar situations.

Risk assessment templates can be used to create a tailored risk assessment and health and safety policy. The blank template prompts business owners to think about their hazards and decide what action they need to take.

Interactive tools to help employers in low risk offices and shops understand what they need to do to run a safe and healthy business. Working through each step will help business owners identify the specific hazards and risks in their workplace, enabling them to produce an individual risk assessment for their business.


Further information is also available on the Hartlepool Borough Council Website