organisations across Ireland have a duty to protect the health and safety of
employees, visitors and members of the public from harm. The Health and Safety Authority is the
national body responsible for workplace health and safety. It is their role to monitor employer’s compliance
with health and safety legislation, and where necessary, instigate enforcement
employer’s perspective, the obligation to ensure the health and safety of individuals
can be overwhelming if not managed effectively.
Depending on your specific industry and business type, you may have a
number of additional health and safety obligations with which you must remain
compliant, e.g. if you deal with chemicals, biological agents, asbestos,
electricity, explosives, fire, heat, farm machinery, and construction sites.
If you require guidance in relation to drafting new health and safety policies and procedures, a claim for workplace injury, or a breach of health and safety law, Lavelle Partners are well placed to assist you. Because of our cross-disciplinary expertise, we can collaborate with Solicitors in other departments to provide you with legal advice and guidance which meets your full needs. Our employment Solicitors may, depending on your case, liaise with our personal injury experts, commercial law team, our litigation and dispute resolution lawyers, or any other domain specialists as needed.
What are the main workplace health and safety laws in Ireland?
legislation which underpins workplace health and safety is the Safety, Health
and Welfare Act 2005. Section 8 of this
act states that employers have a duty to employees to prevent ill-health and
and maintaining a safe workplace
risks from the use of any article or substance
risks from exposure to physical agents, noise and vibration
improper conduct or behaviour likely to put the safety, health and welfare of
employees at risk
health and safety training
the provision of appropriate protective clothing and equipment
health and safety laws which apply include, the:
Acts 2008 and 2010
Substances Act 1979 and 1972
of Working Time Act 1997
in Industry Act 1980
What is a workplace risk assessment?
all types and size must routinely undertake risk assessments across all aspects
of their business, including car parks, offices, vehicles, premises, and warehouses. For every health and safety risk they
identify, they must implement control and mitigation measures to eliminate the
danger, or if this is not possible, mitigate it as much as possible.
In order to control health and safety risks, employers have at their disposal a wide range of strategies including, creating policies and procedures to be followed across the business, staff training, providing protective equipment (e.g. eyewear and ear defenders), safety guards on machines, using clear signage to warn and remind staff of known risks, and rotating staff between roles to avoid over-use injuries such as vibration white finger or carpal tunnel syndrome.
What is Behaviour Based Safety (BBS)?
The Health and Safety Authority promote BBS as an approach to managing health and safety in the workplace. BBS is designed to work from the bottom-up within any business or organisation; i.e. starting with front-line employees and working up. BBS is rather similar to traditional organisational behaviour analysis, and involves one on one, or group observations of work activity to spot risks and recommend ways in which such risks can be mitigated. BBS is intended to be highly proactive, and follows the Antecedent, Behaviour, Consequences model, to identify the stimulus or event (antecedent), such as guides, goal setting, policies, which influences employee behaviour, and the consequences which occur as a result (and reinforce the behaviour) such as feedback, rewards, and recognition.
How Lavelle’s workplace health and safety Solicitors can assist you
- Our team of health and safety Solicitors, headed by Senior Partner, Marc Fitzgibbon, have been assisting employers for over 30 years in relation to health and safety at work matters, and as a result, has developed a strong and enviable reputation nationally for achieving excellence in this area of law.
- Marc is a former member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Employment & Equality Law Committee and European Employment Lawyers Association.
- Lavelle Partners employment law team collaborate with our other specialist law departments where necessary to ensure your best interests are protected.
- We understand the need to ensure health and safety is managed and controlled in full accordance with employment legislation and best practice, thereby protecting your business or organisation from the threat of a claim or reputational damage.
- Our Solicitors will work alongside your in-house or external HR team, ensuring that your health and safety needs are fully managed with the minimum of demands on your resources.
- You can be assured all aspects of your organisational health and safety will be handled with the utmost of professionalism and confidentiality.
Our partnership with Talbot Pierce
Partners work with Talbot Pierce to provide a seamless service in respect of
Human Resource Management. Talbot Pierce
are a team of specialist HR professionals who work with us on a range of
matters including advice on and delivery of conflict/dispute resolution solutions,
best-practice HR strategies, policies and procedures.
information on workplace health and safety law in Ireland, please contact
Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800.