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A Safety Statement is a plan, in writing, which specifically must identify the hazards, assess the risks, identifies the controls to be put in place, the persons responsible and resources necessary to secure the safety of persons at work. It is required by Section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
The University has prepared a comprehensive NUI Galway Safety Statement Policy document, which addresses the major safety management, consultation and operational issues that apply to NUI Galway. Each University Unit must prepare and annually update their own local Safety Statement and this page guides you in the preparation/updating of this document.
As of 2012 NUI Galway has provided an online safety management system - PEMAC Care which includes a system for risk assessments. Unit should use this system in preference for completing, tracking and renewing their risk assessments. For further information see this PEMAC Care link.
STEPS ON PREPARATION (See Downloads & Links for Documents)
Step 1 - Background Information
Please view the following:
* NUI Galway Updating your Safety Statement Course (slide presentation).
* Risk Assessment - A Practical Approach
* Reviewing your Safety Statement
Step 3 - Completion of the Form
For guidance on the completion of the form see Part 3 of the NUI Galway Safety Statement Policy.
Step 4 - Incorporate Other Risk Assessments
Your safety statement needs to include details of other legally required risk assessments. As an example (because computers are in virtually all works areas) all computer workstations need to be assessed and referenced in the Unit Safety Statement Policy and relevant room risk assessment.
Step 5 - Declarations, Local Availability and Review of Safety Statements
* The Unit Safety Statement Policy is signed by the Head.
* The completed Safety Statement (Policy and Risk Assessments) for your Unit need to be centrally available to Unit staff e.g. on the local intra-net or Units "shared folder" for local use, reference and updating.
* Use the Safety Management Checklist (see files for download for General and Specialist version) to periodically review, consult on and improve local safety management.
* This local Safety Statement must be at least annually updated or more frequently where required or if new hazards arise.