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For employers in Ireland, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 states you must have a valid and relevant Safety Statement for your business or organisation.
A Safety Statement is a written document, signed and dated by the employer, and sets out how the employer will safeguard
The Safety Statement is a live working document which expresses the employers commitment from the highest level of management to ensure the safety and health of their workforce. Furthermore, it commits the company to providing the resources necessary to maintain safety and health laws and standards.
All Safety Statements must be site specific to the business activities for which they are written. Despite this, many so called professional firms offer generic Health and Safety Statements for businesses -These are both dangerous and indeed illegal.
Failure to have a relevant up-to-date, Safety Statement can result in the Health and Safety Authority initiating criminal proceedings against owners, Directors and Senior Managers of those offending firms.
A Safety Statement is a Safety Management System compromising of relevant health and safety policies and procedures aimed at safeguarding employees and other parties affected by the organisations activities. A Safety Statement should also include a Risk Assessment which identifies the hazards, risks, type of risk, people at risk and control measures for managing the risk. A Safety Statement is a legal requirement under section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
Every employer in Ireland irrespective of employee number must have a Safety Statement in place. Some organisations which are based internationally confuse this requirement as in some countries there is a minimum employee number or sector requirement before a Safety Statement is required. In Ireland this is not the case and it is an absolute requirement for all employers.
Your Safety Statement should be updated at least annually
It may have to be updated more frequently if any of the following apply.
The Safety Statement should be brought to the attention of all employees annually or more regularly if it is changed or updated. Other stake holders should also be familiar with it such as contractors, tenants / landlord in a multi tenanted building etc..
Benefits of a Safety Statement which we provide include,
Protection of employees health, safety and well being as well other personnel affected by the organisations activities.
Additional legal protection for the organisation such as reduced likelihood of criminal / civil prosecution due to the fact he workplace will be safer when the Safety Statement is active and implemented.
Economic benefits where the organisation can save financially such as reduced accidents and subsequent reduction in insurance premiums and compensation payouts etc...
Positive Health and Safety management not only protects people from harm but in equal measure contributes to organisational and commercial success. Smart organisations recognise this and embrace health and safety compliance.
The 2005 Act indicates the information that employees must have. The Safety Statement should be accessible to all workers and sections of the Statement that are relevant to them should be brought to their attention; with emphasis on the specific risks, hazards and prevention measures related to their particular job. Bring the Safety Statement to employees' attention at least annually.
The relevant contents should be brought to employees' attention, and others affected, at least annually and whenever revisions are made. And information campaign can be carried out which include a combination of verbal and written communications. Employers can:
The law requires the Safety Statement under Section20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. The employer is liable to ensure that it's fit for the organization under their control. During inspection of a workplace, a Health and Safety Authority inspector may re-evaluate a Safety Statement. They can direct an employer to make revisions within 30 days - in the event that they find the Safety Statement inadequate.
ADSC Limited provides Health and Safety Statement Consultancy for small, medium and large businesses and organisations, having been in the business of safety in the workplace for the past 10 years.
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