Safety and health at work

Dental Practice Owners you are legally required to manage safety and health at work, so as to prevent accidents and ill-health.

The law requires all employers to:

  1. Identify the hazards
  2. Carry out a risk assessment
  3. Prepare a written safety statement

What is a Safety Statement?

This is a written programme to safeguard the safety and health of employees and others who might be at the workplace e.g. members of the public, service engineers etc. The safety statement represents a commitment their safety and health and should influence all work activities.

Writing down the safety statement and putting in place the organisation and arrangements needed to implement and monitor it show to staff, and anyone else, that hazards have been identified and risks assessed, eliminated or controlled.

You should ensure that the relevant contents of the safety statement are brought to the attention of your employees and other affected at least annually, and whenever it is revised.

www.hsa.ie has a range of useful guides – start by checking out bit.ly/2Kv3eLP

Contact us if you need assistance with your risk assessments and safety statement