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Health & Safety Legislation

The primary piece of legislation relating to Health & Safety in the workplace is the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005.  This contains the general framework of rules aimed at preventing accidents and ill-health in the workplace. This legislation is in turn supplemented with a range of regulations aimed at specific issues or activities e.g., construction, chemicals, biological agents, noise, vibration and so on.  The most comprehensive set of regulations is the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007-2020 which set out specific requirements in a range of work activities (for example work equipment, work at height, exposures to noise and vibration and so on).

The purpose the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005 is to place an onus on employers to ensure that they have done everything `"reasonably practicable" to reduce the level of risk to their employees, contractors and members of the public (including students). This Act also clarifies and enhances the responsibilities of not only the employer but the self-employed, employees and various other parties in relation to safety and health at work.

 Further Information

DkIT Parent Safety Statement - https://www.dkit.ie/health-safety/safety-statements-including-risk-assessments

The Health & Safety Authority HSA – https://www.hsa.ie/eng/legislation/

The Irish Statue Book - https://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2005/act/10/enacted/en/print