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Health and Safety Policy Information from HS Direct Ltd

A Health & Safety Policy is a legal requirement under the Health and Safety at Work (etc) act 1974. Your policy should contain your statement of intent, which should outline your commitment to Health and Safety, and goals that your organisation strives to achieve. This should be signed and dated by the MD. Your organisation, a detailed run down of your company structure, highlighting specific peoples duties. And your arrangements, your policy about safety issues such as fire, smoking, manual handling and COSHH assessments. This is the document you need to comply with the Health and Safety at Work act 1974.

Writing a Health and Safety policy is a very personal thing, but you can get the head start you need with our Health and Safety policy documents. They include sections for all the above, examples for you to use and work from and lots of different arrangements examples so you can easily move forward and tailor your policy to your exact needs. Call our office now on 0114 244 4461 to find out how we can help you, with free advice from our Health & Safety consultants you can be sure you will get the right product for your business.

I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?

If you don't have Microsoft Office, or Microsoft Word installed on your PC or Mac, don't worry - you can still use our products. You can get a free alternative from Open Office.

Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.

Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.

To download and install Open Office;

  1. Go to
  2. On the left hand side, click 'I want to download Open Office'. In the green box, click the main link which starts with 'Start downloading'
    • Windows Only:When the program has downloaded, click Install and wait for the program to install.
    • MAC OSX Only:When the program has downloaded, a notification box will pop up with an arrow from the Open Office Icon to the Applications Folder in Finder, drag the icon to the Applications folder to install the program.
  3. You are now ready to use Open Office, and the documents you have purchased from us.