Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, the employer (including self-employed persons) and persons in control of places of work must prepare a safety statement.
A safety statement is a written action programme for safeguarding the health and safety of those at work. It details how health and safety is managed in the workplace. The safety statement is based on the principle that safety and health can be managed because most accidents and ill-health are foreseeable and can usually be prevented. The safety statement should be used to plan and control everything that is done in the workplace so that accidents do not occur.
By law, the safety statement must be based on the risk assessment of hazards in the workplace. The control measures and the resources necessary to reduce the risks to an acceptable level must be indicated.
Benefits of a workplace customised safety statement include:
Lower employee absence and turnover rates
Lessened threat of legal action
Improved standing among suppliers and partners
Better reputation for corporate responsibility among investors customers and communities
Increased productivity, because employees are healthier, happier and better motivated
Demonstrates good company risk management for insurance audits.
How can Tucil help?
At Tucil, we believe that safety statements and risk assessments are the foundation of a solid safety management system. The safety statement and risk assessments must be workplace specific and not generic therefore we will visit your place of work and conduct onsite risk assessments. On completion of the safety statement Tucil will visit the workplace and present findings to the management team allowing them to have a clear understanding of hazards and risks identified, the allocated risk rating and the content of the safety statement.
The construction stage health and safety plan is the primary management document for health and safety on a construction site. It is a live and dynamic document that can be altered to suit the projects changing needs. The construction stage health and safety plan is developed from the pre-construction information that the Client and the Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) provide. The reason for having the plan is to ensure that the Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) has considered the multitude of potential hazards on the site and has implemented the appropriate measures to ensure high standards of safety and health.
Pre-construction information may include:
Preliminary Design Stage Health and Safety Plan from the PSDP
Existing health and safety file, including as-built drawings, etc.
A method statement is a document that sets out the way in which a potentially hazardous task should be carried out.
The method statement normally accompanies the risk assessment and is designed to ensure that all personnel associated with the task are aware of the planned process, potential hazards and controls involved.
Many large construction companies require a method statement from sub-contractors they engage. A client may also request a method statement from the main contractor or sub-contractors. Method statements don’t just suggest control measures; they detail exactly how to implement them.
How can Tucil help ?
Tucil has extensive experience in preparing site specific method statements. If you require Tucil method statement services, please contact Tucil at our contact form or phone number.
The method statement package is inclusive of:
Consultation with contractor
Assessment of work processes and equipment
Carry out a specific risk assessment
Drafting of the document
Issuing of method statement
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