Health and Safety Legislation

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 sets out the main provisions for organisations to secure and improve the safety health and welfare of people at work. This includes:

  • The management and organisation of the systems of work necessary to achieve a safe working environment.
  • The requirements for the control of safety health and welfare at work.
  • The identification of responsibilities and roles of employers and employees.

Employer Responsibilities: The employer is responsible for ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her employees. This includes the provision of:

  • A safe place of work
  • Safe systems of work
  • Competent employees
  • Safe equipment

In addition the employer must manage and conduct the undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that in the course of work being undertaken, individuals at the place of work (not being his or her employees) are not exposed to risks to their safety, health or welfare.

Employee Responsibilities: The employee must comply with the relevant statutory provisions, as appropriate, and take reasonable care to protect his or her safety health and welfare and the safety health and welfare of any other person who may be affected by the employee's acts or omissions at work.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 further specify the requirements of employers, employees and others with regard to the following:

  • Place of Work
  • Work Equipment
  • Provision and use of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Manual Handling of Loads
  • Electricity
  • Provision and use of Display Screen Equipment
  • Work at Height
  • Control of Noise
  • Control of Vibration at work
  • Protection of children and young persons
  • Protection of pregnant, post natal and breastfeeding employee
  • First aid
  • Safety signage
  • Explosive atmospheres.

Links to Act and Regulations:

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 

Guidance on the SHWW (Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences) Regulations 2016