IE Health and Safety at Work

The competent authority for enforcing compliance with occupational health and safety legislation in Ireland is the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) should be contacted directly for all queries in relation to health and safety.

Managing Health and Safety

When establishing a place of business in Ireland, service providers are required to comply with the relevant health and safety legislation applicable.

For more information, please click here: (Managing health and safety)

Safety statement and risk assessment

  • Service providers are required to carry out a risk assessment of their place of business.
  • They must then prepare a written safety statement for their place of business


Employers Duties

Employers (including self-employed persons) are primarily responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. An employer’s duties include:

  • Managing and conducting all work activities so as to ensure the safety, health and welfare of people at work.
  • Designing, providing and maintaining a safe place of work that has safe access and egress, and uses plant and equipment that is safe and without risk to health.
  • Providing information, instruction, training and supervision regarding safety and health to employees.
  • Providing and maintaining welfare facilities for employees at the workplace.
  • Preventing risks to other people at the place of work including, for example, visitors, customers, suppliers and sales representatives.
  • The employer should tell employees about any risks that require the wearing of protective equipment. The employer should provide protective equipment (such as protective clothing, headgear, footwear, eyewear, gloves) together with training on how to use it, where necessary. This should be provided to the employee free of charge if it is intended for workplace use only.


Contacting the Health and Safety Authority

Please find contact details for the Health and Safety Authority here

Further Information (external links)

Preparing a Safety Statement