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Legislation Employers should be Aware of in Providing a Safe Place of Work for Employees and Other Persons

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 provides that:

Every Employer shall ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her Employees.

The Employer’s duty extends, in particular, to the following:

  • Managing and conducting work activities in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her Employees;
  • Managing and conducting work activities in such a way as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any improper conduct or behaviour likely to put the safety, health or welfare at work of his or her Employees at risk;
  • As regards the place of work concerned, ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable— The design, provision and maintenance of a place of work that:

             1. Is safe and without risk to health,   

             2. Has safe means of access to and egress from it

             3. Plant and machinery or any other articles are safe and without risk to health;

Employers are also obliged to provide and maintain facilities and arrangements for the welfare of his or her Employees at work.