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Employer Duties in Compiling a Safety Statement – The Act 

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, sets out that:

Every Employer shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a written statement (to be known and referred to in the Act as a “safety statement”), based on the identification of the hazards and the risk assessment carried out under Section 19, specifying the manner in which the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her Employees shall be secured and managed.

Without prejudice to the generality of the above section, every Employer shall ensure that the safety statement specifies the:

  • Hazards identified and the risks assessed;
  • Protective and preventive measures taken and the resources provided for protecting safety, health and welfare at the place of work to which the safety statement relates;
  • Plans and procedures to be followed and the measures to be taken in the event of an emergency or serious and imminent danger, in compliance with Sections 8 and 11 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005;
  • Duties of his or her Employees regarding safety, health and welfare at work, including co-operation with the Employer and any persons who have responsibility under the relevant statutory provisions in matters relating to safety, health and welfare at work;
  • Names and, where applicable, the job title or position held of each person responsible for performing tasks assigned to him or her pursuant to the safety statement, and
  • Arrangements made regarding the appointment of safety representatives and consultation with, and participation by, Employees and safety representatives, in compliance with Sections 25 and 26, including the names of the safety representative and the members of the safety committee, if appointed.