Is there a legal requirement to have certain policies or is it just what you believe is relevant to the business operations?
There is no legal requirement to have certain workplace policies. As an employer, your business has a legal duty to maintain a safe working environment and employers have a general obligation to ensure that all reasonably practicable measures have been taken to protect employees from health and safety risks.
Having effective policies and procedures, and relevant training and information for workers, is one necessary step you can take to minimise the risks to health and safety.
Generally, most workplaces should at least have the following policies in place:
- workplace health and safety policy;
- drug and alcohol policy;
- workplace bullying, discrimination and harassment policies; and
- smoke-free workplace policy.
Depending on the nature of business, it may also be important to include additional policies or procedures.
We recommend you review the chapter Health and Safety Policies and Procedures for more information on the types of policies and procedures that may be applicable to your business.