Occupational safety and health country profile: Ireland

 International labour standards


    Ratification of ILO conventions

    Database on international labour standards

    Provides access to the latest information on ILO international labour standards on OSH (such as ratification information, reporting requirements, comments of the ILO's supervisory bodies, etc.).

Policies and programmes

  1. 2013

    Strategy Statement

    This is the third Strategy prepared by the Health and Safety Authority under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. It outlines the mandate, mission, vision, strategic outcomes and priorities up to the end of 2015 and will set the overall direction for the Authority’s activities.

Laws and regulations

  1. Main laws

    The Act applies to all employers, employees (including fixed-term and temporary) and self-employed people in their workplaces. It sets out the rights and obligations of both employers and employees and provides for substantial fines and penalties for breaches of the legislation. Almost all of the specific OSH laws which apply generally to all employments are contained in the (General Application) Regulations.


    National legislation

    National labour legislation database

    Includes abstracts of OSH legislation and citation information. Full text of laws or a relevant source is linked to the records, when available.

Authorities and bodies

  1. Health and Safety Authority

    The Authority is the national statutory body with responsibility for enforcing OSH law, promoting and encouraging accident prevention, and providing information and advice to all companies, organisations and individuals. It was established in 1989 under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 1989 and reports to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. Its mission is to protect people from death, injury and ill-health arising from all work activities and chemicals. The Authority works with key duty holders to ensure that they meet their legal obligations in relation to workplace health and safety and chemicals. It motivates and informs through providing a combination of promotion, information, inspection and enforcement.

  2. Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

    The role of the Health and Safety Policy Section is, principally, to act as a liaison mechanism between the Health and Safety Authority and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.



    Occupational injuries

    Database of labour statistics

    Contains annual data collected mainly through the ILO yearly questionnaire. It covers a wide range of topics including occupational injuries.

Information and advisory services

  1. ILO-CIS centre