Disclaimer on use of evaluation copy of SART

The prototype SART database tool is provided free for the purposes of evaluating and developing improved approaches and resources for effective sickness absence management. It has been developed by IOM on behalf of HSE.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the content and related information is accurate and up to date, and that all systems provided will operate accurately and without error, but no legal responsibility is accepted for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, or
damage to any individuals, items or systems resulting from its use.

At this stage of development direct user support of this evaluation version of the tool
cannot be provided by the IOM or the HSE; users are encouraged to send their comments on the tool to the contacts as described in the contacts page.

Contextual links have been provided to other sickness absence related information and websites; neither the IOM or HSE is responsible for, and nor can they guarantee the accuracy of, information on sites that they do not manage; nor should the inclusion
of a hyperlink be taken to mean endorsement by the IOM or HSE of the site to which it points


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