BeSMART.ie for Construction

  • Introduction
  • Benefits of Registering for BeSMART.ie
  • Construction Business Types available on BeSMART.ie
  • How to Create a Site-Specific Safety Statement including Risk Assessment using BeSMART.ie
  • How to Create a Construction Stage Safety and Health Plan Using BeSMART.ie
  • Learn More
  • How to Use BeSMART.ie - Video
  • Short Videos Introducing the Various Roles in Construction
  • Contact Us

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Introduction

Construction contractors can now enjoy the benefits of BeSMART.ie, the Health and Safety Authority’s FREE online safety management and risk assessment tool. 

BeSMART.ie will help you develop:-

  • A site-specific safety statement including risk assessment for your business
  • Or if you are appointed a Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) you can choose this business type to develop your particular risk assessments, checklists and download a construction stage safety and health plan template

These documents also contain useful information including registers, templates and method statements. 

BeSMART.ie is a confidential service that will save you time and money. If used correctly it could help you identify hazards and implement controls to protect you and your workers and reduce the chances of an accident on site.

Benefits of Registering for BeSMART.ie

Registered users can come back and edit their risk assessments at any time along with having the extra functionality to:-

  • Edit risk assessments 
  • See when risk assessments have been updated with any changes in their My BeSMART page
  • Rename risk assessments
  • Add in an extra control or further information in relation to a hazard
  • Print out individual hazard assessments to use as checklists
  • Work on and edit multiple risk assessments 
  • Access the entire BeSMART.ie hazard database on completing a risk assessment
  • Access to all hazards on BeSMART.ie. Select any additional hazards that you have in your workplace and risk assess them. You can then print and include them in your safety statement

Construction Business Types available on BeSMART.ie

This list of construction business types will be added to over time as we continue to expand BeSMART.ie. The most up to date list can be checked by clicking on the link below which will also bring you to the BeSMART.ie website.

Construction business types

How to Create a Site-Specific Safety Statement including Risk Assessment using BeSMART.ie

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All business owners and self-employed workers must have a current up to date safety statement that includes site specific risk assessments for the type of work that is carried out. To enable you to do this simply:-

1. Register for your free confidential account at BeSMART.ie

2. Select your business type

3. Work through the applicable risk assessments for your business type and identify what controls are in place. Where controls are not in place but are required an action list of controls will be developed to be put in place

4. Download your safety statement including your risk assessments and action list

5. Review and update the safety statement template and make it site specific to the requirements of the job

6. Bring the safety statement / risk assessments to the attention of your employees (where applicable)

7. Make sure you update your safety statement / risk assessments when the location, tasks or activity changes or when new hazards are introduced

The safety statement template that you download contains 2 parts:-

Part A of the Safety Statement includes your policy document, safety arrangements and site-specific information which will help in managing day-to-day safety requirements on site. The following is a sample of the templates available in the Safety Statement;

  • Method Statement Template
  • Registers e.g. Induction, PPE, Training
  • Accident Investigation Forms

Part B of the Safety Statement will include your completed risk assessments which you will develop using BeSMART.ie

On completion of the risk assessment section, users will then be able to download their Safety Statement in either RTF (Rich Text Format) or PDF. We recommend using the RTF option as you can edit this version

Management Screen – Safety Statement

When you get to the management screen you will be now given the following three options; 

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1. Safety Statement - The safety statement can be downloaded in RTF (Rich Text Format) and can be saved as a Word or Pages document for future development and editing or in PDF.
2. Manage Your Action List – Assign dates and people to close out controls that need to be put in place
3. Browse Hazards – Here you have access to all hazards on BeSMART.ie. Select any additional hazards that you have in your workplace and risk assess them. You can then print and include them in your safety statement

How to Create a Construction Stage Safety and Health Plan Using BeSMART.ie

When appointed by the client as the Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) you must develop a suitable construction stage safety and health plan for the project, prior to the commencement of construction work. The plan provides the blueprint for managing and co-ordinating safety and health during construction and needs to explain how the key safety and health issues will be managed. It must be relevant to the particular project and should be developed in conjunction with the Safety and Health Plan prepared on a preliminary basis by the Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP).

1. Select the business type ‘Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS)’ in BeSMART.ie
2. Work through the particular risk assessments (non-exhaustive), mandatory site requirements and site welfare checklists
3. Download your Construction Stage Safety and Health Plan Template. Review and update the template and make it site specific to the requirements of the job

You must then develop your construction stage safety and health plan by adding all relevant information about your project and following the information and guidance contained in the document. Finally keep the construction stage safety and health plan updated and ensure the relevant information is available to anybody associated with the project that may need it. You must keep a master copy of your construction stage safety and health plan that you have developed on a local or secure storage area as BeSMART.ie does not have the capability of editing or saving updated files.

Management Screen -Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS)

When you get to the management screen you will be now given the following three options;

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1. Construction Stage Plan - The template plan can be downloaded in RTF (Rich Text Format) and can be saved as a Word or Pages document for development and editing.
2. Manage Your Action List – Assign dates and people to close out controls that need to be put in place.
3. Browse Hazards – Here you have access to all hazards on BeSMART.ie. Select any additional hazards that you have in your workplace and risk assess them. You can then print and include them in your construction stage plan.

Construction Stage Safety and Health Plan - Contents and Introduction

a Construction Stage Safety and Health Plan - Contents and Introduction (PDF, 0.7MB)

Learn More

A comprehensive suite of relevant construction guidance, codes of practice, tool box talks, statutory forms and templates is available in the ‘Learn More’ section on BeSMART.ie and can be accessed by clicking the link below.

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How to Use BeSMART.ie - Video

Short Videos Introducing the Various Roles in Construction

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or queries in relation to BeSMART.ie please contact us on 1890 289 389 (09:30am - 12:30pm) or by email wcu@hsa.ie