Health and Safety Authority

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The role of the health and safety authority and the role of the health and safety supervisor

Role of the health and safety authority
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is the national body in Ireland with responsibility for occupational health and safety. Its role is to secure health and safety at work. It is an Irishstate-sponsored body, established under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 and reports to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation. The Authority consults widely with employers, employees and their respective organisations. To help develop sound policies and good workplace practices, the Authority works with various Advisory Committees and Task Forces etc. which focus on specific occupations and hazards. The HSA has overall responsibility for the administration and enforcement of health and safety at work in Ireland. The HSA monitors compliance with legislation at the workplace and can take enforcement action (up to and including prosecutions). The HSA are the national centre for information and advice to employers, employees and self-employed on all aspects of workplace health and safety. The Authority also promotes education, training and research in the field. Occupational safety and health policy at national level is determined by a twelve-member, tripartite Board, with nominees from the social partners and other interests concerned with safety and health in the workplace. The appointment of the Board of the Authority is a function of the Minister for Labour Affairs under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.

The role of the supervisor
Safety Inspectors have a general legal duty to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers. In addition, they have the following specific duties outlined in the Act and regulations. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

To develop, implement and monitor Board Occupational Health and Safety Policy, Programs, and Procedures; •To assist the Board...
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