All employers and the self employed must comply with the requirements of Section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. This requires that they produce a safety statement relating to their work activities. Too often HSA Inspectors come across generic safety statements that are prepared by someone with no real understanding of the activities undertaken by the employer.
The safety statement is to be based on risk assessment of the hazards that may affect the employees or visitors. It is the place to record the significant findings of any risk assessments. This means writing down the more significant hazards and recording the most important conclusions. For example, a workplace where fumes from welding may pose a risk may state: “Local exhaust ventilation has been provided. Manager to ensure that it is always used and is checked every month”.
The safety statement must be reviewed and, if necessary, amended as required. This is to be annually or more frequently if for example your business changes and your employees are exposed to new hazards e.g. the introduction of new machinery or new work practices, or when there is reason to believe that it is no longer adequate, e.g. changes to health and safety arrangements and resources or a near-miss incident.
The safety statement must be brought to the attention of the employees and to any other persons at the place of work who might be exposed to the specific risks outlined in the safety statement. When bringing the safety statement to the attention of employees, it must be in a form, manner and, if necessary, a language that can be understood by employees.
Safety Statements made Simple (Using BeSMART)
|This short video shows how you can easily prepare a safety statement, what it should contain and who it should be brought to the attention of.|| |
Other related Links:
Information and video of BeSMART
Risk Assessment Made Easy
Guidelines on Risk Assessments and Safety Statements (2.1Mb)
A Short Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (347Kb)