Health and safety
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, sets out legislative protection in safety, health and welfare matters in all places of work. It covers all employers, employees and the self-employed. Under the Act, obligations are placed upon employers, employees and the self-employed to contribute to ensuring that their workplace and systems of work are safe. These responsibilities were clarified in Health and Safety Authority guidelines published in 2007. The primary focus of the legislation is on the prevention of workplace accidents, illnesses, and dangerous occurrences. It also provides for fines and penalties for those who are in breach of the law.