Taking Care of Business
Taking Care of Business is a new wide ranging initiative being undertaken by the Health & Safety Authority to Support & Assist Small Business to deal with health and safety in their workplaces.
The primary aim of Taking Care of Business is:
“To make safety and health contribute in a manner that is tailored specifically for small business so enabling it to reduce the incidence of accidents and ill health; to motivate workers and maintain their involvement and to assist the overall success of the business.”
If you are finding it difficult to understand what your obligations are to comply with workplace health and safety in your business and in need of practical guidelines and assistance to get you started then 'Taking Care of Business' can make it simpler for you.
As part of the Taking Care of Business initiative for small business, the Authority has launched BeSMART.ie a free, easy to use, online resource which will allow you to carry out risk assessments and develop a safety statement for free for your business.
Since its launch in February 2011 feedback from registered users indicates that using BeSMART.ie results in a saving of at least 90% in both cost and time involved in undertaking risk assessments and preparing a safety statement for their workplace!
The business types where risk assessments have been developed is continually being expanded within BeSMART.ie. The most up to date list of business types are included by clicking the link below.
Construction and Agribusiness
May 2015 saw the launch of BeSMART.ie for construction, meaning a wide variety of construction activities are now covered by BeSMART.ie. For a full list of supported construction business types click here.
The Taking Care of Business team will continue to increase the scope of BeSMART.ie, with the service expanding into the agribusiness sector over the coming months.
There are also a number of other resources available for the construction sector e.g. SSWP Safe System of Work Plan, and SMP20 Safety Management Pack for Small Contractors with 20 or less employees and online and paper versions of the Agricultural Code of Practice for 3 or less employees.
If you would like to get further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org