1. Who are the Health and Safety Authority and what is their role?
The Health and Safety Authority is organisation that is responsible for the rights and the maintenance of employees health and safety in the workplace in Ireland. They are monitor compliance with legislation at the workplace and can take enforcement action (up to and including prosecutions). They provide information and advices to employers, employees and self-employed on all aspects of workplace health and safety. The HSA also promotes education, training and research in the field of health and safety. They work with various Advisory Committees and Task Forces, which focus on specific occupations or hazards, to help develop policies and workplace practicies. The tasks of HSA are:
to promote good standards of health and safety at work;
to inspect all places of work and to ensure that everything goes in law; to investigate accidents that happens on workplace;
to carry out and sponsor research;
to publish necessary information and advices for employees, employers and self employees; to develop new laws and standards.
If you are an employer you required by law to protect the safety, health and welfare of your employees. Your responsibilities are: provide and maintain a safe workplace and safety machinery and equipment; manage work activities to ensure that your employees safe and health ; evaluate the risk on workplace and prepare a safety statement ; provide and maintain decent welfare facilities for employees; prepare and update procedures to deal with an emergency situation; provide training and information to workers in a format and language that is appropriate; report to Health and Safety Authority if you have a serious accidents. 3 If you are an employee you have legal duties to protect yourself and people who works with you. You should always keep the following rules: cooperate with people and employer;