The HSE has recently published new guidance and issued an example policy statement which is downloadable from its website. The intention is to act as a guide to small businesses wishing to complete their health and safety policy statement from a simple template.
Its certainly worth taking a look at and it incorporate the principles of HSE’s other documents and guidance such as 5 steps to risk assessment. However, it is simply an example of what the HSE would expect (and be happy) to see in a small business. By all means take a look and see what changes have been made but in terms of updating your own statement their is no need for a change unless you feel it is necessary.
The only other thing which you need to remember is sign it, date it and display it. Take a check now and make sure that your policy statement is on display, perhaps next to your insurance certificate (Employers Liability) and Health and Safety Law Poster. The statement should have been signed by your Chief Executive or Managing Director within the last 12 months.