Thursday, 10 March 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
195. Mr. Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Science her plans to introduce health and safety legislation to protect students from injury due to lifting excessive weights; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8452/05]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): In so far as occupational health and safety legislation is concerned, this is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
In accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989, it is the responsibility of individual school management authorities to have a safety statement in place in their schools. The statement should identify potential hazards, assess the risks to health and safety and put appropriate provision in place to safeguard the safety and health of employees and pupils. The safety statement should be reviewed on a regular basis.
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