How does it work?
Businesses can log on to www.besmart.ie and use their four-step process.
The first step is to select your business type amongst a large list of businesses. Once you have selected your business type, it will automatically detail a list of hazards that are applicable to that business type.
The second step is to answer a series of questions that relate to your business. If you are unsure of some of the wording or terminology they use, they have easily identifiable icons that explain them. Once you have completed the series of questions it will move on the third stage which is the risk assessment.
The risk assessment will produce a health and safety action list that will inform your business on what steps you may to consider to create a safe working environment for your employees, customers, visitors and contractors alike. Conducting health and safety assessments not only ensures that you are compliant with health and safety regulations, it also helps to reduce accidents and it can help reduce the level of sickness absence as well.
Once you have completed and reviewed the online risk assessment you can use it to improve those hazards or determine if any action needs to be carried out. The last element the tool offers is the facility to create a health and safety statement. If you register your business on the BeSmart tool it will add your details and it will automatically populate the safety statement.
If you would like to know more on how to complete the BeSmart online tool you can check out their information videos at https://www.besmart.ie/learn-more/. SFA road tested the tool and found it to be an invaluable resource for small businesses to easily and effectively assess their risks in the workplace.
Once you are satisfied that you have identified any potential hazards, conducted a risk assessment and prepared your safety statement, you should communicate this with all your employees and any on-site contractors so that together you can create a safe working environment for everyone.
If you would like more information on health and safety issues your business may have please contact Helen at SFA on 01 605 1668 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the advice section on our website www.sfa.ie/advice