Links to Legislation

This page is intended to provide legislative and guidance links for specific health and safety topics and sectors.

This is not an exhaustive list, however it includes many links to guidance documents and code of practices which intend to help you fulfil your health and safety duties.

The topics and sectors appear in alphabetical order.

Core Health & Safety Legislation

The primary act covering health and safety in Ireland is the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

Another core piece of regulation affecting all workplaces is the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007.

A number of the topics below are covered by this regulation (the links under each topic, will take you directly to the relevant section).

Agriculture

Farm Safety Risk Assessment Document

Guidelines on preparing a Safety Statement for your farm

Code of Practice for Children and Young Persons in Agriculture

Chemicals

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations 2001

The Chemicals Act 2008

The Chemicals (Amendment) Act 2010

Construction

Please note that these regulations have been amended a number of times. Contact the Health and Safety Authority to ensure you are in compliance with the most up-to-date regulations.

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 enacted August 1st 2013

Homeowners Guide to the NEW Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013

Contractors and Project Supervisors Guide to the NEW Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013

Display Screen Equipment

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 5 of Part 2: Display Screen Equipment

Minimum Requirements for DSE

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Chapter 5 of Part 2: Display Screen Equipment

Electricity

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 3: Electricity

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 3: Electricity

Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Underground Services

Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Overhead Electricity Lines

Explosive Atmospheres

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 8: Explosive Atmospheres at Places of Work

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 8: Explosive Atmospheres at Places of Work

Fire

Fire Services Act 1981

Building Regulations 2006, Technical Guidance Document B: Fire Safety

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Section 13: Fire Detection and Fire Fighting

First Aid

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 7, Chapter 2: First Aid

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, Part 7, Chapter 2: First Aid

Manual Handling

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Chapter 4: Manual Handling of Loads

Risk Factors for Manual Handling (Link to General Application Regulations 2007 Schedule 3)

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Chapter 4: Manual Handling of Loads

Night Work and Shift Work

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 6, Chapter 3: Night Work and Shift Work

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 6, Chapter 3: Night Work and Shift Work

Noise

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 5, Chapter 1: Control of Noise at Work

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 5, Chapter 1: Control of Noise at Work

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Chapter 3: Personal Protective Equipment

Types of PPE and work which may require PPE (Link to the General Appication Regulations 2007 Schedule 2)

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Chapter 3: Personal Protective Equipment

Pregnant, Post-natal and Breastfeeding Employees

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 6, Chapter 2: Protection of Pregnant, Post Natal and Breastfeeding Employees

Agents, Processes and Conditions regarding Pregnant, Post Natal and Breastfeeding Employees (Link to the General Application Regulations 2007 Schedule 8)

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 6, Chapter 2: Protection of Pregnant, Post Natal and Breastfeeding Employees

Risk Assessment

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, Part 3, Section 19: Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment

Safety Signs

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, Part 7, Chapter 1: Safety Signs at Places of Work

Specifications for safety signs at work (Link to General Application Regulations 2007 Schedule 9)

Safety Statement

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, Part 3, Section 20: Safety Statements

Traffic Safety

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 14: Movement of pedestrians and vehicles in danger areas

Vibration

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 5, Chapter 2: Control of Vibration at Work

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 5, Chapter 2: Control of Vibration at Work

Work at Height

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 4: Work at Height

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 4: Work at Height

Code of Practice for Access and Working Scaffolds

Work Equipment Inspections

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Chapter 2, Section 30: Inspection of Work Equipment

Information requirement for records of inspection (Link to the General Application Regulations 2007 Schedule 5)

Young Persons

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 6, Chapter 1: Protection of Children and Young Persons

Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 6, Chapter 1: Protection of Children and Young Persons

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all health and safety regulation currently in force in Ireland.

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