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Health and Safety

The responsibilities of the business operator include taking all reasonable precautions or the safety of all persons using the premises. He or she must ensure compliance with the relevant provisions of the Safety, Health & Welfare at work Act 2005 and General Application Regs 2007 and related legislation.
Section 6 of this Act puts the duty on employers to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees, so far as is reasonably practicable. These duties cover many areas such as -

  • Place of work to be provided, designed and maintained in a safe condition
  • Safe means of access and egress
  • Safe plant and machinery
  • Provision of safe systems of work
  • Provision of information, training and supervision
  • Eliminate hazards or provide protective clothing or equipment
  • The preparation of adequate emergency plans
  • Safe use of articles and substances
  • Welfare facilities
  • Obtaining the services of a competent person where necessary

Section 8 of the Act puts the duty on employers to ensure the safety and health of visitors and customers, so far as is reasonably practicable.
This legislation is enforced by the Health and Safety Authority.