The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 applies to all places of work, to all employers and employees and also to the self-employed.
This Act places duties on employers and employees concerning the provision of a safe and healthy working environment. Certain obligations are also placed on those designing, importing, supplying or manufacturing articles or substances for use at work.
Occupational safety and health legislation is further expanded by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application Regulations (2007 to 2012).
These Regulations address legal requirements concerning workplaces and work equipment, the safe use of electricity in the workplace, procedures for safe work at height, control of physical agents at work (i.e. noise, vibration and artificial optical radiation), the protection of sensitive risk groups (i.e. children and young people, pregnant and breastfeeding employees and night and shift workers), the provision of safety signs and first aid at work, protection for persons working in explosive atmospheres and safe working of pressure systems.