What is the main law for health and safety in Ireland?

Laws on health and safety at work The rights and obligations of both employers and employees in relation to health and safety at work are set out in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (as amended). This Act also provides for substantial fines and penalties for any breaches of the health and safety laws.

What is the HSE and what is their responsibility?

providing advice, information and guidance. raising awareness in workplaces by influencing and engaging. operating permissioning and licensing activities in major hazard industries. carrying out targeted inspections and investigations.

Why is the Health and Safety at Work Act important?

It ensures that all employers provide a safe working environment and look out for the health of their employees—wherever their place of work. It relates to the wellbeing of not only permanent staff but also casual, self-employed and temporary workers, as well as visiting members of the public.

Who has duties under safety health and welfare at work Act 2005?

General duties of employer. 8. —(1) Every employer shall ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her employees.

How does the health and safety Act affect employees?

Employees should take steps to adequately protect the health and safety of themselves and colleagues at work. Employees must not disrupt or interfere with anything put in place to aid in health and safety at work. Employees may be subject to fines and convictions if they are found in breach of the regulations.

What is the purpose of the WHS Act?

The WHS Act aims to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces through the elimination or minimisation of risks, so as to provide workers and others with the highest level of protection from hazards and risks, so far as is reasonably practicable.

What are the five main responsibilities of the employee under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?

They include the following:

  • A safe system/way of performing work.
  • A safe place to perform the work in.
  • Safe equipment and machinery to perform the work.
  • They must ensure work colleagues are competent in their roles.
  • They must carry out the relevant risk assessments.