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Business Start Up Pack

HSWNI has compiled a start up pack containing essential health and safety information for every new business. It includes the following titles:

An introduction to health and safety (576KB) pub 12/10

This booklet highlights the things which cause the more common accidents and harm to people’s health. It lets you see what applies to your work activities and tells you how to get more help and information. The booklet also contains health and safety policy and risk assessment templates which small businesses can adapt to suit their needs.

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Protect your Profit (2.80MB) pub 03/11

This book contains information to help small businesses understand exactly what they need to do to effectively manage their health and safety. It gives simple advice that is easy to understand and put into practice.

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First aid at work - your questions answered (277KB) pub 01/16

This leaflet answers some basic questions about first aid provision at work. It is aimed at employers in small and medium-sized enterprises, but may be useful to all employers, managers and others involved in first aid.

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Five steps to risk assessment Five steps to risk assessment (108KB) pub 03/14

This leaflet gives a step-by-step guide to assessing the health and safety risks in the workplace and how to carry out a risk assessment.

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Reporting of incidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences (RIDDOR) (231KB) pub 02/11

This booklet provides information on the RIDDOR regulations and describes which work-related incidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences must be reported.

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Employer’s Liability Compulsory Insurance - A guide for employers (121KB) pub 02/10

Most employers are required by law to insure against liability for injury or disease to their employees arising out of their employment. This leaflet answers some common questions and is intended to help employers understand what is required

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As a new business you may also need to buy the 'Health and Safety Law in Northern Ireland' poster and an accident book. The Northern Ireland poster, pocket cards and rigid poster, can be ordered from HSE Books by phone, 01787 881165 or online at You can also order your poster or pocketcard through HSE by clicking on the options below:

Northern Ireland poster ISBN 978 0 7176 6354 5

Northern Ireland poster pocketcard ISBN 978 0 7176 6356 9

You can buy an accident book that complies with data protection legislation from ‘The Stationery Office’ (TSO). To order an accident book you can contact The Stationery Office by:

Phone:          0333 202 5070


Online at:

Please ensure that when ordering your accident book that you are purchasing the Northern Ireland version. The Northern Ireland version is blue and can be identified by the following ISBN number - ISBN 0-337-08658-3.

If you would like a business start up pack please click on the titles above to download them or contact us for a hard copy.

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