Minister Pat Breen signs new regulations to improve reporting by employers of workplace accidents and dangerous occurrences
The new Regulations will come into effect from 1 November 2016
The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D., signed regulations entitled the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations, 2016 [ S.I No. 370 of 2016].
The new Regulations are intended to assist employers in complying with their statutory duty to report to the Health and Safety Authority on workplace accidents and dangerous occurrences.
Employers – including the self-employed and farmers – are legally required to notify the Health and Safety Authority when there is an accident at work resulting in an injury that prevents them working for 4 plus days.
Minister Breen said "I am pleased to have been able to introduce new regulations that will help to increase reporting compliance by clarifying reporting requirements. As Minister for Employment and Small Business, I know that businesses will welcome the much simplified, updated and consolidated set of rules that make it easier for them to identify the particular incidents that should be reported to the Health and Safety Authority. Safety in the workplace is of paramount importance and this information will support the HSA’s activities and enable them to advise employers on how to prevent injuries and accidental loss of life.
The new Regulations have been designed to increase the reporting of accidents and dangerous occurrences to the Health and Safety Authority by:
The new Regulations will come into effect from 1 November 2016.