The Celtic Safety Training Team will work with you to provide Safety Statements which will encompass and reflect all of your specific Health and Safety needs. Below is some information about how we will develop a Safety Statement for your company, and the importance of carrying out a Risk Assessment first.
What is a Risk Assessment?
Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires that employers and those who control workplaces to any extent must identify the hazards in the workplaces under their control and assess the risks to safety and health at work presented by these hazards.
Employers must examine and write down these workplace risks and what to do about them. Ultimately, assessing risk means that anything in the workplace that could cause harm to your employees, other employees and other people (including customers, visitors and members of the public) must be carefully examined. This allows you to estimate the magnitude of risk and decide whether the risk is acceptable or whether more precautions need to be taken to prevent harm.
Employers are required to implement any improvements considered necessary by the risk assessment. The aim is to ensure that no one gets hurt or becomes ill.
However, it is important to remember that, in identifying hazards and assessing risks, employers should only consider those which are generated by work activities. There is no need to consider every minor hazard or risk that we accept as part of our lives.
The results of any risk assessments should be written into the safety statement.
What is a Safety Statement?
Section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 requires that an organisation produce a written programme to safeguard:
- the safety and health of employees while they work
- the safety and health of other people who might be at the workplace, including customers, visitors and members of the public
The safety statement represents a commitment to their safety and health. It should state how the employer will ensure their safety and health and state the resources necessary to maintain and review safety and health laws and standards. The safety statement should influence all work activities, including:
- the selection of competent people, equipment and materials
- the way work is done
- how goods and services are designed and provided
It is essential to write down the safety statement and put in place the arrangements needed to implement and monitor it. The safety statement must be made available to staff, and anyone else, showing that hazards have been identified and the risks assessed and eliminated or controlled.
Celtic Safety Training Ltd Team will meet with you and/or your managers to carry out the Risk Assessment on your company, and will work with you to identify the areas which need clarification and will work with you to produce a Safety Statement specific to you and your company’s industry. Please Contact Us if you wish to discuss your needs regarding the above with a member of our team.