Safety Statements

With any business irrespective of size, operational costs are always an ongoing area where we try to maximise savings. Insurance costs are one of the areas where we can make significant savings by shopping around.

The first question is what is most important, savings or the level of cover offered; I would suggest a combination of both in most cases. The next important point is that before we have an insurance policy, we sign a contract with the insurance provider. This contract sets out the terms and conditions of cover, and the conditions that are in place should you require to claim on the policy. Conditions apply to all insurance policies; employers liability, public liability, product liability, professional indemnity etc.

The safety management system must be supported by a safety policy statement. The safety policy statement will state we intend to provide a safe and healthy environment in which our employees, visitors and customers can carry out their business within a safe environment. Any other policies and procedures must support and comply with the safety policy statement. To have a safe workplace, we must have in place the conditions to protect any person that may be affected by our work activities from harm or other non-desirable outcomes.  Safety management can also refer to the control of recognised hazards to achieve an acceptable level of risk.

A key element to any safety management system is having an up-to-date safety statement that truly reflects the risks associated with your work activities and the control measures that have been put in place to manage these risks on an ongoing basis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is my duty of care to the management of health and safety, and how can we demonstrate we have shown due diligence?

A safety statement is a name given to the document that outlines how your company manages health and safety, based upon the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005. The safety statement is required by law under Section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure it is fit for the organisation under his/her control.

As an employer, you must appoint someone competent to help you meet your health and safety duties. A competent person must possess sufficient training, experience and knowledge appropriate to the nature of the work they are undertaking.