Safety & Health at Work

The proclamation of the Safety and Health at Work Act in 2013, required businesses to rethink the way in which their business operate. With an all-encompassing objective to increase safety, health and wellness in the workplace, the Act requires a systematic management of workplace procedures. The BEC has developed template documents and guidance to provide businesses with the basic knowledge needed to manage safely.


Sample Health & Safety Policy

The sample document found here is provided for your amendment and use as desired.


Setting up your Joint Health & Safety Committee

Below are guidance tools to assist in the establishment of Health and Safety Committees as required by the Safety and Health at Work Act. 

SHAW and Safety Committees

How To Conduct Committee Meetings

Organising the Work of the Committee

Additional Recommended Areas of Focus


Glossary of Health and Safety Terms

Health – The protection of the bodies and minds of people from illness resulting from the materials, processes or procedures used in the workplace e.g. release of hazardous chemicals. 

Safety – The protection of people from physical injury. e.g. failing ceiling. Safety issues are those things that can hurt you whilst health issues are those things that make you sick. The borderline between health and safety is ill defined and the two words are normally used together to indicate concern for the physical and mental well-being of the individual at the place of work . 

Welfare – The provision of facilities to maintain the health and well-being of individuals at the workplace. Welfare facilities include washing and sanitation arrangements, the provision of drinking water, heating, lighting, etc. 

Environmental – This is concerned with those activities in the workplace which affect the environment (in the form of flora, fauna, water, air and soil) and, possibly, the health and safety of employees and others. e.g. emission of extremely high level of dust. 

Hazard – something that has the potential to do harm or cause a loss. Examples: Electricity, Hazardous substances, Working at Heights, Vehicles 

Risk- the probability of the occurrence of an adverse event. 

Risk = Severity x Probability 

Occupier – means the person who has control over a workplace and the work that is done there. 

Owner - means the person for the time being receiving rent for the premises in the connection with which the work is carried on, whether on his own account or as an agent or trustee for another person, or the person who would so receive the rent if the premises were let at a rent. 

Workplace - means any place where persons work or are employed including a factory, but does not include a private household where persons work or are employed only in domestic service.