- The HSA (Health & Safety Authority) have vast amounts of resources and advice specifically directed at Schools who are completing/updating their Safety Statements. These can be found at www.hsa.ie/education and include risk assessment templates.
- Allianz Guide to Insurance Safety & Security in School contains guidance on how to compile your Schools Safety Statement and an overview of what should be contained within. Refer to chapters 4 & 5.
- Yes. The Safety Health & Welfare at Work Act 2007 states that the Safety Statement must be completed by a competent person. School staff would be the best placed to assess the risks in a School.
- We would advise that a safety committee is set up to review safety in the School and compile the statement. It is also a good idea to get as many of the School staff as possible involved in the process to spread the work and raise awareness of safety in the school.
The Board of Management of the School are legally responsible for safety in the School and to ensure the Safety Statement is compiled and regularly updated. Therefore safety should be an item on the Board of Management agenda and actions points from the previous risk assessments should be discussed and advanced.
However, all members of staff have responsibility for safety in the School and should be encouraged to identify hazards and bring them to the attention of the safety committee.