Why run the risk of unlimited fines, prison sentences, director disqualifications and reputational damage?
These are not exaggerations or scare tactics by any means – they are facts regarding health and safety legislation in Ireland.
The reality is that when organisations don’t take health and safety obligations seriously, they end up in serious trouble.
Safe Team from HR Team is on hand to ensure your peace of mind that none of those bad things will happen to your organisation.
Our commitment to excellence in compliance with health and safety legislation and more will ensure your organisation is in safe hands with Safe Team.
Safe Team is made up of health and safety specialists from a range of sectors. Our wide-ranging skillsets mean our clients’ can be assured of being assigned the right person with the right knowledge for their industry.
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Below we have answered some of our most frequently asked questions, if you find that your question is not listed please get in touch.
A Health & Safety Policy is a legal requirement in Ireland under Section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. It states: “Every employer shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a written statement (to be known and referred to in this 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.”
Irish legislation details that there should be at least one safety representative designated. This may increase in larger organisations, relative to the number of employees.
Yes. Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 in ROI states that each employer must identify all hazards in the workplace, assess the risks and keep a written risk assessment. It should detail the risks to the safety, health and welfare of all employees.
Yes. Reporting and recording are legal requirements in Ireland. The report tells the enforcing authorities for occupational health and safety about serious incidents and cases of disease. It helps them identify where and how risks arise and establish whether investigation is required. It also allows enforcing authorities to target their work and provide advice on the avoidance of work-related injuries, ill health, deaths and accidental loss.
Information on accidents, incidents and ill health can be used as an aid to risk assessment, helping to develop solutions to potential risks. Records also help in the prevention of injury, ill health, and control costs from accidental loss.
You must keep a record of any reportable death, injury, occupational disease or dangerous occurrence – all work-related injuries that result in a worker being away from work or unable to carry out a full range of normal duties for more than three consecutive days (not counting the day of the accident but including any weekends or other rest days). Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2016 (ROI), gives employers guidance on the legal requirements to ensure compliance.
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