Health and Safety Statements for Schools
A safety statement is a written programme of the school’s commitment to safeguard the safety, health and welfare of staff, students and visitors to the school. The safety statement must include a comprehensive risk assessment which identifies hazards in the workplace, assesses the risks presented by those hazards and details what control measures should be put in place to eliminate/reduce the risk. The Health & Safety Authority have published guidelines for schools to adhere when preparing this document.
Who should read it?
Each staff member has a duty to familiarise themselves with the Safety Statement and its contents and should be freely available to all. Any person visiting, working or attending your workplace for any reason should be invited to read the Safety Statement also once ratified by your Board of Management.
The Board of Management must review the document at regular intervals, at least every year or where major changes in equipment or work practices occur. Appropriate changes must be made where deemed necessary. These changes must be communicated to employees.
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