Managing assets: Health and safety

Legal responsibility

A business has a legal duty to ensure the health and safety of its staff, volunteers, contractors and users. 

Further guidance:

HSE Employers Responsibilities 

Key requirements 

  • Appoint competent person to manage health and safety
  • Prepare health and safety policy (requirement if you employ 5 or more staff)
  • Carry out risk assessments
  • Control risks
  • Consult with and train staff
  • Display health and safety poster (compulsory if you employ staff)
  • Keep appropriate health and safety records
  • Take out employers’ liability insurance.

Further guidance:

Health and Safety for your Business 


In this section:

Detailed guidance on systems and procedures for business compliance

Ensuring compliance: Governance systems and records

Ensuring compliance: Financial systems and controls - set-up requirements

Ensuring compliance: Financial systems and controls - ongoing requirements

Ensuring compliance: HR systems and procedures

Ensuring compliance: HR systems - Spotlight on ‘Managing people’

Ensuring compliance: Managing assets and resources - Spotlight on ‘Assets’