Safety Statement

School Name : Riversdale Community College. Blanchardstown Road North, Dublin 15.

Hospital/Ambulance : James Connelly Memorial Hospital Accident And Emergency
Phone : 01 – 646 5238 /01 – 646 5689

Fire Brigade : Blanchardstown Fire Station
Phone : 01 – 820 2722

Safety Officer : Mr Noel Gilda – Principal of Riversdale Community College

Safety Representative : Mr Brendan O’Connor

Staff Members with Responsibility for First Aid : (to be nominated at a staff meeting)



This safety statement is aimed at protecting our employees from workplace accidents and ill health at work.  This statement is available to our employees, outside service providers and inspectors of the Health and Safety Authority.  We will update this statement as necessary and it will be reviewed at least once a year.

This statement confirms local managements commitment to health, safety and welfare and sets out the means by which it is proposed to ensure, in so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of the employees of Co. Dublin VEC at Riversdale Community College.

It is the objective of the local management to provide and maintain a safe place of work, safe plant and equipment and a safe system of work for its employees.  To achieve this objective, local management will use all means made available to it by the Chief Executive Officer of Co. Dublin Vocational Educational Committee.

Safe working is a condition of employment.  Every employee will assume responsibility for working safely.  The success of the programme depends on employee co-operation.  It is therefore important that employees read this document carefully and understand their role and the overall arrangements for health, safety and welfare at this college.

Organisation and Responsibility

The person charged with responsibility for executing the safety management programme is the college Principal and he is delegated certain duties by Co. Dublin Vocation Educational Committee for the day to day running of Riversdale Community College.

Employees must also assume responsibility for safety.  Therefore employees under Health and Safety legislation are obliged to co-operate fully by observing and following safe work practices.

Employee General Duties

Section 9 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 places a number of obligations on employees whist at work :

Employee General Duties :

  1. To take reasonable care of own health and safety and that of any other person who may be affected by his/her acts.
  2. To co-operate to such extent as will enable his/her employer to comply with statutory provisions.
  3. To use protective clothing or safety devices provided for protection.
  4. To report without delay, any defects which might endanger safety of health.
  5. Not to intentionally or recklessly interfere with any safety measure provided.
  6. To immediately report to the responsible person any accident resulting in loss or injury and any dangerous occurrence that could have resulted in loss or injury.
  7. To contact the safety representative regarding any safety problems.


A Safety Audit

This is a systematic and critical examination of the workplace for the purpose of identifying hazards, assessing the risk and recommending controls of the hazard where appropriate.  Safety audits must be a regular and ongoing process and data gathered must be given by the Safety representatives to the Safety Officer so that the issues may be addressed.

A safety audit began in Riversdale Community College College on the 23rd January 2003.  hazards and risks were identified.  Audits must be presented to the Safety Officer via the Safety Representative.

To facilitate the process of Safety Audits the following steps should be followed.


Hazard Identification

Hazards were identified in the assessment and have been categorized by the HSW committee.

Under the following headings:-

Potential Life Threading Hazards :
  • Fire
  • Electricity
  • Gas
  • Traffic and Car Parking
  • Falls from heights
  • Persons falling and objects falling
Building and Land :
  • Slippery floors
  • Condition of roof, windows, floors, walls, passage ways, play areas.
  • Maintenance of the above.
  • Means of access and egress
  • Adequate space to discharge all function
Services :
  • Water
  • Heating
  • Lighting
  • Ventilation
  • Practical teaching equipment e.g laboratory and workshop equipment, control and disposal of chemicals.


Human Factors

Factors which may contribute to stress  related illnesses include; low level of input in decision making process, work overload, poor working relations, uncertainties about levels of discipline, inappropriate pupil teacher ratios, teaching low ability children in mixed ability classes, actual or potential violence, poor pupil motivation, dealing with anxious or agitated parents.

Other human factor hazards include over crowding, communicable diseases.


State the level of risk to employees:
Risk : –  Is the likelihood that personal injury or ill health could occur from a particular hazard; assessing the risk indicates how severe the effect could be.


Briefly describe the steps taken to avoid injury. (i.e. safe work procedures or repairs/reorganisation required)
This will also include stating the person who has responsibility within the area identified.

Sources of help in deciding on control measures are:
Safe work procedures/rules which based on experience individual employees may already have implemented in their areas.  Safe work procedures may apply to areas such as manual handling, woodworking machines, chemical handling and storage, floor cleaning, access and egress and traffic routing.


The local management stresses the importance of making sure that adequate information, training and supervision are given to employees to safeguard health, safety and welfare and there is regular consultation with employees on health, safety and welfare matters.

In particular, local management is committed to organising training for staff and specifically all employees who have responsibility assigned to them within the school and under the safety statement.

From time to time Co. Dublin VEC must monitor compliance with the safety statement and ensure that safety controls are kept in place.

All employees have responsibility and they should know and understand their role under this safety statement.

As circumstances change, the safety statement must be reviewed and updated to ensure currency.

Appendices may be added to this safety statement to include policies specific to relevant safety practice within specific areas of the school.


Signed: _______________________    Date:    _______________