We can assist all clients on acting as PSCS and can put safety management systems in place and audit these systems as required
Requirement of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005:
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005’s primary focus is on the prevention of workplace accidents, illnesses and dangerous occurrences and it provides also for significantly increased fines and penalties.
One of the aims of the Act is to encourage a responsible attitude on the part of both employers and employees.
Section 80 makes explicit the responsibilities of directors and managers. Primary responsibility for worker safety and health falls on employers, including in private companies and in the public sector, because it is they, in effect, who create the risks. Company directors and managers therefore carry a significant social responsibility to protect safety and health. It provides that when an offence under health and safety laws is committed by an undertaking and the acts involved were authorized or consented to or were attributable to connivance or neglect on the part of a director, manager or other similar officer in the undertaking, both the person and the undertaking will be guilty of an offence and liable to be proceeded against and punished as if the person was guilty of the offence committed by the undertaking. If it is proven in such a case that the person’s duties included making decisions that affected the management of the undertaking, it is presumed, until the contrary is proved, that the acts which resulted in the offence were authorized, consented to or attributable to connivance or neglect on the part of that person.
Obligations of employers under The General Applications 2007:
Under Section 8 of the Act the employer has a duty to ensure the employees’ safety, health and welfare at work as far as is reasonably practicable. In order to prevent workplace injuries and ill health the employer is required, among other things, to:
- Provide and maintain a safe workplace which uses safe plant and equipment
- Prevent risks from use of any article or substance and from exposure to physical agents, noise and vibration
- Prevent any improper conduct or behaviour likely to put the safety, health and welfare of employees at risk
- Provide instruction and training to employees on health and safety
- Provide protective clothing and equipment to employees
- Appointing a competent person as the organisation’s Safety Officer, Noel Kelly can provide this service on request.
Noel Kelly can help and advise all organisations to improve their safety performance by putting in place user friendly safety management systems to suit the size of the company or organisation.