Guidance

Workplace health and safety standards

These updated standards provide the basis of effective health and safety management to support your people.

11 May 2022

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There is strong evidence linking patient safety, patient experiences and the quality of care with the safety, health and wellbeing of the workforce.  These standards developed by the NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group, pull together legal requirements and guidance to help organisations comply with goal-setting legislation. They provide practical pointers and signposting for meeting appropriate standards in key areas of workforce health and safety.

These updated workplace health and safety standards are aimed at directors and managers with health and safety responsibilities, health and safety professionals and trade union safety representatives.

The standards: 

  • describe the principles which provide the basis of effective health and safety management
  • set out the issues which need to be addressed 
  • provide links to the relevant guidance 
  • can be used for developing improvement programmes, self audit or self assessment.

Download the guidance for more information.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group

This guidance was produced by the NHS Staff Council's Health, Safety and Wellbeing Partnership Group. The overall purpose of the group is to raise standards of workplace health, safety and wellbeing in healthcare organisations and to promote a safer working environment for all healthcare staff.