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A Safety Statement Will Make You Sigh With Relief

25 April 2018

Safety Statements in the workplace 

What is a safety statement?

A safety statement is a company’s commitment in writing to a safe and healthy workplace.

The Safety statement is a legal requirement under the Safety Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005.

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 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

The Safety Statement must be site specific and be based on a written risk assessment. It cannot be generic and must be communicated in a form manner and language that is likely to be understood by all concerned.

What are the benefits of having a safety statement?

An organisation will see benefits such as,

  • Legal Compliance
  • Improved safety performance which will lead to a reduction in lost working time
  • Improved worker morale
  • Reduced chance in insurance premium hikes *
  • Reduced chance of legal costs.

* An insurance company may refuse cover if you do not have a valid safety statement

Who should have a safety statement?

All employers, self-employed persons and sole traders

How often should it be reviewed?

At least annually or in the event of changes to the business operations, personnel or working environment.

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