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The Business electronic Safety Management And Risk assessment Tool or is a great initiative by the Health & Safety Authority to help small business owners/managers to prepare risk assessments and a safety statement for their workplace. There really should be no barrier to adoption as this service is 100% free. has two key objectives:

  • to reduce the chances of an accident in the workplace
  • to save time and money

The really clever aspect of is that it makes it really easy for employers to:

  • Generate their own safety statement and risk assess hazards
  • Interact and consult with their employees to improve health & safety
  • Comply with the law is laid out in six easy-to-follow steps::

  1. Register / Login
  2. Search for your business type – hundreds to choose from
  3. Follow the step by step instructions
  4. Identify hazards associated with your workplace – 16 to choose from
  5. Consult with your employees
  6. Print off & sign your safety statement is itself part of a wider initiative, Taking Care of Business, which is being run by the Health & Safety Authority to Support & Assist Small Business to deal with health and safety in their workplaces. All businesses that register for will receive a free 4Gb ‘Key to Safety’ USB key.

Register and activate your account

Taking Care of Business Logo

According to the Health & Safety Authority itself the primary aim of Taking Care of Business is:

“To make safety and health contribute in a manner that is tailored specifically for small business so enabling it to reduce the incidence of accidents and ill health; to motivate workers and maintain their involvement and to assist the overall success of the business.” 

Any initiative that is going to help reduce accidents in the workplace has to be warmly welcomed. That the service is free is a great addition. Small businesses can avail of an easy-to-use online tool that is so intuitive that producing your own risk assessments and a safety statement is as easy as 1-2-3.

Human Resources is also another area that tends to trip up small businesses when an issue arises. There is no doubt that it can be a complex subject for employers. For whatever reasons, as we wrote in our blog back in January, HR is often ignored or relegated to a minor role within a business. For any business that hires full-time of part-time employees HR is an area that you should really pay attention to.

Check out our HR Guide, it outlines exactly what your responsibilities are and provides a handy checklist so that you can keep on top of them.

Marc O'Dwyer

After completing a Graduate program in Marketing, Marc’s impressive sales career began at Allied Irish Banks, Pitney Bowes and Panasonic where he received numerous Irish and European sales performance awards and consistently exceeded targets and expectations. In 1992, Marc’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to set up his own business, Irish International Sales (IIS). Initially, this company was a reseller for Take 5 Accounts and Payroll software. Within four years, IIS became the largest reseller of Take 5 in Ireland, acquiring four other Take 5 resellers. He also found time to set up two mobile phone shops under the Cellular World brand and a web design company offering website design services for small businesses. In 2001, he bought the majority share in a small Irish software business, Big Red Book. At that time, the company was losing money. The company became profitable within two months, and Marc then acquired a payroll company to compliment Big Red Books Accounting products. In 2003, IIS were appointed as Channel Partners with SAP for their new SME product, SAP Business One. Marc sold his Take 5 business and concentrated on developing this new market for SAP As a result, by 2007, IIS was recognised as the largest Channel Partner for SAP in EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa). In 2008, the IIS Sales Manager bought the Company from Marc in an MBO. He launched Big red cloud in June 2012, the online version of big red book, to date the company successfully converts 59% of trials into sales and the number of customers is growing rapidly. Marc continues to run both Big Red Book and Big Red Cloud which now support 75,000 businesses. He is a very keen sportsman, having played rugby for 20 years, represented Leinster at under 16 and under 20 levels, and league squash with Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club for 10 years. Marc has competed in 11 Marathons, including the London and Boston Marathons, and has completed several Triathlons and Half Ironman races. He has also completed six Ironman Races in Austria(x2), Frankfurt (Germany), Nice (France) , Mallorca (Spain) and Copenhagen (Denmark)

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