Risk Assessment & Hazard Analysis
Every employer, in accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and other relevant statutory provisions, shall ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of his or her employees while at work. Logue & O'Connor will generate a detailed, site-specific Risk Assessment and Hazard Analysis of your workplace, whether a small, medium or large business, company or organisation. We will then develop a Safety Statement. Consultation is vital within an organisation and it is important that the contents of the Safety Statement are communicated to all employees and easily accessible to employees. Safety Communication must be seen as a continuous and frequent process of the Safety Management System.
Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
This places a responsibility on every employer, to identify the hazards in the workplace under his or her control, assess the risks to safety and health at work presented by these hazards, and be in possession of a written assessment (Risk Assessment), of the risks to the safety, health and welfare of his or her employees.
Section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
This places a responsibility on every employer to prepare a written statement (Safety Statement) based on the identification of the hazards and the Risk Assessment carried out under section 19. The Safety Statement must specify the manner in which the safety, health and welfare at work of his and her employees shall be secured and managed. The Safety Statement must be brought to the attention of his and her employees, newly-recruited employees and other persons, including contractors and visitors at the place of work who may be exposed to any specific risk to which the Safety Statement applies.
Employers' Responsibilities (Health and Safety Authority Guidance, courtesy of www.hsa.ie)
- Provide and maintain a safe workplace, machinery and equipment
- Manage work to ensure the safety, health and welfare of employees
- Assess risks and put in place a Safety Statement in place
- Provide and maintain facilities for your employees, such as clean toilets and washing facilities. They may need other welfare facilities depending on the type of workplace.
- Prepare and update emergency procedures
- Provide appropriate training and information
- Report serious incidents to the Health and Safety Authority