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

Safety statement and risk assessment

Service providers are required to carry out a risk assessment of their place of business and 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


Telephone: +353 1 614 7000

Contact Us form available here.

Further Information (external links)

Preparing a Safety Statement

Managing Health and Safety