Safety Statement for Your School

The Board of Management (BOM) is responsible for health and safety in the school. The BOM delegates duties in this respect to employees to act on its behalf e.g. Principal, Deputy Principal and Teachers but ultimate responsibility for safety, health and welfare lies with the BOM. Everybody in the school has a role to play in ensuring good safety, health and welfare within the school including pupils, visitors and contractors.

Section 20 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 states that “Every employer shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a written statement based on the identification of the hazards and the risk assessment carried out under Section 19, specifying the manner in which the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her employees shall be secured and managed.” This is the school’s Safety Statement.

The Safety Statement represents a commitment to safety and health of all people using the school. It should state how the BOM will ensure their safety and health and state the resources necessary to maintain and review safety and health laws and standards. The Safety Statement should influence all work activities including:

  • The selection of competent people, equipment and materials;
  • The way work is done; and
  • How goods and services are designed and provided.

The Safety Statement must be made available to staff and relevant persons showing that hazards have identified and the risks assessed and eliminated or controlled

The Safety Statement should include each if the following parts:

  • Safety and Health Policy
  • School Profile
  • Resources for safety and health in the school
  • Roles and Responsibilities for safety and health
  • Risk Assessment
  • Emergency procedures, fire safety, first-aid, accidents and dangerous occurrences
  • Instruction, training and supervision
  • Communication and consultation.

It is advisable to review your Safety Statement at least annually.

Please contact the Trustees if you require advice or guidance in relation to your school’s Safety Statement.