The main guiding principles include:
- The health, safety and welfare of all people should be maintained at all times and all organisations should operate within policy guidelines.
- Hazardous chemicals or substances should be handled and stored securely and risk of emission should be controlled.
- People should be protected against any risks that may occur as a result of activities in the workplace.
- The work place should provide clean and hygienic facilities, including the availability of drinking water, changing areas and toilets, first aid rooms in larger organisations
- Appropriate equipment should be provided for use and adequately maintained.
- The appointment of qualified staff to provide supervision and instruction (as appropriate) and the provision of additional training, as required, e.g. first aid and health and safety.
- Adequate insurance to cover accidents, e.g. employer and public liability
- The provision of reporting and recording mechanisms, e.g. accident books
- Regular review and evaluation of all healthy and safety policies and procedures to ensure they are current, valid and reliable.