Health and safety

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts, 2005-2007 sets out legislative protection in safety, health and welfare matters in all places of work. It covers all employers, employees and the self-employed. Under the Act, obligations are placed upon employers, employees and the self-employed to contribute to ensuring that their workplace and systems of work are safe. These responsibilities were clarified in Health and Safety Authority guidelines published in 2007. The primary focus of the legislation is on the prevention of workplace accidents, illnesses, and dangerous occurrences. It also provides for fines and penalties for those who flout the law.

You can get more information from the Health and Safety Authority and the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA)

The purpose of this section is to provide information to IMPACT branches and members. It is not intended as a complete or authoritative statement of the law.