The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 is the primary legislation and the sole act in Ireland. There is also secondary relevant legislation such as the General Application Regulations 2007 which cover all workplaces. Additionally the Construction Regulations 2013 apply to Construction Work.
Yes it is a specific legal requirement under Section 8 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act for all employers to manage health and safety.
Yes the management of health and safety is very much a two way process with employees having responsibilities in addition to the employer. These responsibilities are specified under section 13 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
Morally - To protect people from harm. Proactive Health and Safety management can make a substantial difference in terms of protecting employees and other parties in the workplace from harm.
Legally – Reduced likelihood of criminal prosecution and civil liability. Economically – Possibility of reduced insurance, decrease in accidents, sick pay, downtime etc.. increased productivity and content workforce.
Proactive health and safety management not only protects people from harm but also contributes to business success.
Breaches of health and safety law can result in summary proceedings in the District Court where the max penalty is €3,000 per charge and/or up to six months imprisonment or on indictment in the Circuit Court where the maximum penalty is €3,000,000 and/or imprisonment for up to two years.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) are the enforcement authority in Ireland with the responsibility for enforcing health and safety law.
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