New Regulations - Reporting of Workplace Accidents and Dangerous Occurences

"The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D., signed regulations entitled the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations, 2016 [ S.I No. 370 of 2016].

The new Regulations are intended to assist employers in complying with their statutory duty to report to the Health and Safety Authority on workplace accidents and dangerous occurrences.

Employers – including the self-employed and farmers – are legally required to notify the Health and Safety Authority when there is an accident at work resulting in an injury that prevents them working for 4 plus days.

The new Regulations have been designed to increase the reporting of accidents and dangerous occurrences to the Health and Safety Authority by:

  • Clearly setting out which accidents must be reported to the Authority.
  • Relaxing the requirements for the reporting of accidents to members of the public due to a change which only requires those incidents that require hospitalisation of the victim to be reported.
  • Itemising the types of dangerous occurrences which must be reported in a manner, which better reflects the modern workplace and work practices."

Information and wording in this article is as per IOSH Ireland Construction Section committee news update

The new Regulations will come into effect from 1 November 2016. More details can be found at the following link:

SI No 370 of 2016 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2016

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