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A Safety Statement is a plan, in writing, which specifically identifies 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, which addresses the major safety management, consultation and operational issues that apply to NUI Galway. Each University Unit must prepare and annually update a short local Safety Statement and assess their risks. This page guides you in assessing the risks in your Unit.
NUI Galway now has an online safety management system - PEMAC Care which Units should use for completing, tracking and renewing their risk assessments.
For further information see these links:
- PEMAC Care
- NUI Galway Safety Statement Policy Part 3
(PEMAC Care) sets out the risk assessment process using PEMAC Care.
STEPS ON PREPARATION
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 4 - Incorporate Other Risk Assessments
Your safety statement needs to include details of other legally required risk assessments. As an example all computer workstations need to be assessed and referenced in the Unit Safety Statement Policy and relevant room risk assessments.
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.