Ireland’s health & safety legislation overview

There are 2 main pieces of legislation covering general safety, health and welfare in Ireland

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, and
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 as amended

As an employer you are required to manage safety and health at work so as to prevent accidents and ill-health and ensure proper welfare facilities. Controlling dangers at work is no different from tackling any other task. You need to recognise the problem, know enough about it, decide what to do and put the solutions into practice.

The law requires employers to:

  • Identify the hazards
  • Carry out a risk assessment
  • Prepare a written safety statement
  • Communicate risks and controls

The required safety measures must be proportionate to the real risks involved and must be adequate to eliminate, control or minimise the risk of injury. The system must involve consultation between you as an employer and your employees, who are required by law to cooperate with you in the safety-management process.