Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the benefits of Good Health and Safety in the Work Place?
• Improved staff morale.
• Reduced costs and reduced risks — lower employee absence and turnover rates, fewer accidents and a lower threat of legal action
• Ensuring better business continuity, thereby increasing productivity — by avoiding incidents, accidents, breakdowns and process failure
• Improved standing and a better reputation among suppliers, clients and other partners.


Do I Need A Safety Statement?
All employers and the self-employed must comply with the requirements of Section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. This requires that they produce a safety statement relating to their work activities.

I Had a Safety Statement prepared some years ago – Is it still valid?
No – Safety Statements should be reviewed at least once year or if there are any changes in legislation which affects your business, if you change your work practises or after an accident or incident which necessitates changes in you documentation.

What are Risk Assessments and Do I need them?
Section 19 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 requires that employers
and those who control workplaces to any extent must:
• identify the hazards in the workplaces under their control
• assess the risks presented by these hazards.

As an Employer what are my responsibilities?
Employers (including self-employed persons) are primarily responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. An employer's duties include:
• Managing and conducting all work activities so as to ensure as reasonably as practicable the safety, health and welfare of people at work
• Designing, providing and maintaining a safe place of work that has safe access and egress, and uses plant and equipment that is safe and without risk to health
• Providing information, instruction, training and supervision regarding safety and health to employees
• Providing and maintaining welfare facilities for employees at the workplace
• Preventing risks to other people at the place of work including, for example, visitors, customers, suppliers and sales representatives
• Have plans in place for emergencies

As an Employee what are my responsibilities?
Employees, including those employed on a part-time or temporary basis, also have duties including:
• Comply with relevant laws and protect their own safety and health, as well as the safety and health of anyone who may be affected by their acts or omissions at work
• Ensure that they are not under the influence of any intoxicant to the extent that they could be a danger to themselves or others while at work
• Cooperate with their employer with regard to safety, health and welfare at work
• Use in the correct manner any item provided for protection
• Participate in safety and health training offered by their employer
• Report any dangerous situations, practices or defects that might endanger a person's safety, health or welfare
• Not to engage in any improper conduct that could endanger their safety or health or that of anyone else.

What is Safe Pass?
Safe Pass is a one-day safety awareness programme aimed at all who work on Construction sites.
Why do I need Safe Pass?
The Safe Pass Programme is necessary to make workers aware of the dangers on construction sites so that they will not be a danger to themselves or their co-workers. 
Who pays for the Safe Pass Course?
Generally the employer pays for the Safe Pass course.

What are Work Place Audits / Inspections?
Workplace inspections and audits have long been recognised as a valuable tool available to monitor the effectiveness of health and safety within the workplace. Audits and inspections can often have negative implications that are associated with fault finding. A positive approach based on fact finding will usually produce better results, and co-operation from those taking part in the process.

What Types of Accidents Must be Notified to the Health and Safety Authority?
• General injuries involving employees and self-employed Accidents, where a person is injured at a place of work and cannot perform their normal work for more than 3 consecutive days, not including the day of the accident, are reportable.
•  Road traffic/ vehicle accidents involving employees and self-employed
Such accidents are reportable if the person was injured while driving or riding in the vehicle in the course of work, and cannot perform their normal work for more than 3 consecutive days, not including the day of the accident.
• General injuries involving members of the public
Accidents related to a place of work or a work activity where a person requires treatment from a medical practitioner are reportable.
Accidents related to medical treatment or a pre-existing medical condition are not reportable.
• Road traffic/vehicle accidents involving members of the public
Road traffic accidents are only notifiable if they relate to vehicle loads or to the construction or maintenance of roads or structures adjacent to roads.

Health and safety and young people
An employer should carry out a separate risk assessment in relation to an employee under 18 years of age. This risk assessment should be carried out before the young person is employed. If certain risks are present, including risks that cannot be recognised or avoided by the young person due to factors like lack of experience, the young person should not be employed.

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  • O'Reilly Safety Consultants
    "Pencoed"
    Old River Road,
    Castleknock, Dublin 15
    Telephone: 01 823 1007
    Mobile: 086 026 5420
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