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It is of the utmost importance for any business to comply with all relevant health and safety legislation. If your business does indeed have a  health and safety manual at your disposal, it will serve as an aid to comply with  health and safety legislation. The main causes of ill health and accidents within different sectors are targeted within the health and safety manual.

Processes specific to your mining operations entails specific risks. The more specialized and dangerous your operations, the more you must liaise with your inspectorate. You should also accept detailed advice regarding certain aspects of your health and safety policy which requires additions to your  health and safety manual. Your business’s health and safety manual should thus be very thorough.

  • Application and Features of a Health and Safety Manual
  • Content of a Health and Safety Manual
  • Its structure and layout should be  easy to follow. In order to ensure this, it can be edited or cut down  according to your business’s requirements;
  • Apart from compliance with the law, a health and safety manual should make life easier when it comes to running the business by setting out clear paths through the law and processes involved;
  • The health and safety manual should be fully comprehensive; and
  • A model policy for the business should be included.

Information regarding the following content should be contained within a health and safety manual:

  • General Safety Information;
  • Safety Policy Statement;
  • Special Safety Precautions;
  • General Safety Regulations;
  • Health and Safety Manual control sheet;
  • Display Screen Regulations;
  • Manual Revision and Control;
  • Manual Handling;
  • Disability Policy;
  • Fire Procedures;
  • Risk Assessment, Supervision, and  Out-of-Hours Working;
  • Smoking Policy;
  • Fire Stewards;
  • Deliveries;
  • Incompatible Chemicals;
  • Health and Safety safe working practice guidance;
  • Security Cards and Keys;
  • Access and Permit to Work;
  • Induction Sheet;
  • First Aiders;
  • Poisons;
  • Disposal of Radioactive Waste;
  • Waste Management;
  • Building Facilities;
  • Building Fabric and Infrastructure;
  • Building Systems;
  • General Safety for Contractors and  Visitors; and
  • List of Hazards, Risk Assessment  Forms.
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