May 2017 - Safer Work Stairs and Steps Information Sheet

This information sheet will help employers, the self-employed, employees, suppliers, designers, installers and facility managers understand how to control slips, trips and falls on stairs and steps at work.

Download the Safer Work Stairs and Steps Information Sheet

April 2017 - Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Anchors

The aim of this code of practice is to provide practical guidance to designers, specifiers and installers of metal anchors on the requirements and prohibitions set out in the relevant statutory provisions.

Download the Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Anchors

April 2017 - Code of Practice for Working in Confined Spaces
This code of practice is intended to provide practical guidance on safe work in confined spaces and is operational from 1st May 2017.

Confined spaces are significantly more hazardous than normal workplaces and the hazards involved are always exacerbated by the enclosed nature of the confined space. A seemingly insignificant error or oversight while working in a confined space can result in a tragic accident.

Download the Code of Practice for Working in Confined Spaces

February 2017 - Safe Load Securing - Information Sheets
The Health and Safety Authority has published the following three “Safe Load Securing” information sheets:

Safe Load Securing of Site Cabins and Prefabs Information Sheet: Due to their size, weight and configuration, consignments of site cabins and prefabricated accommodation units are high-risk loads

Download Safe Load Securing of Site Cabins and Prefabs Information Sheet


Safe Load Securing of Round Timber Information Sheet: Round timber is a “live” commodity, which can lead to independent movement of parts of the load if the restraint used is not adequate.

Download Safe Load Securing of Round Timber Information Sheet


Safe Load Securing on Curtain-sided Vehicles Information Sheet: Load shifts can damage the goods you’re carrying, along with your vehicle, and put your life and other people’s lives at risk.

Download Safe Load Securing on Curtain-sided Vehicles Information Sheet


Source: hsa.ie

February 2017 - Rehabilitation and Return to Work after Cancer - Literature Review
This report provides an overview of the relevant scientific literature, conducted to collect information on existing initiatives, policies and practices on rehabilitation and return to work after cancer and gather examples of successful interventions. Download the literature review

February 2017 - Rehabilitation and Return to Work after Cancer - Executive Summary

This executive summary provides an overview of the relevant scientific literature, conducted to collect information on existing initiatives, policies and practices on rehabilitation and return to work after cancer and gather examples of successful interventions.

Download the executive summary

February 2017 - Occupational Safety and Health and Home Care

This information sheet is aimed at employers and employees providing formal care for older and vulnerable people in their own home. In Ireland, home care services are provided by the HSE, the voluntary sector and private providers.

Download Occupational Safety and Health and Home Care

February 2017 - Becoming a Safety Representative or Joining the Safety Committee Information Sheet

Advice from the HSA on becoming and Safety Representative and your employer’s legal obligations to allow you to carry out this role.

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February 2017 - HSA Programme of Work 2017

Download the HSA’s Programme of Work for 2017 to find out which sectors will be inspected and what the HSA’s priorities will be during this year.

Download The HSA’s Programme of Work 2017

January 2017 - Rollover Prevention: Heavy Goods Vehicles
HGV Rollover accidents have long been a serious risk for road transport. There is a clear need for taking a collective approach to spreading awareness of these risks. This guide briefly describes rollover risks, for the most common HGVs found on the roads, and the risks of driving with a high centre of gravity. The guide provides information about the risks for various types of vehicles, and how to eliminate the risk of vehicle rollover by adapting driving style according to vehicle and road conditions. Download Rollover Prevention: Heavy Good Vehicles
December 2016 - A Guide to Maintaining Best Practices in Safety and Health

This guidance is aimed at business leaders, owners, managers and those who control work activities in all workplaces. Guidance from the Health and Safety Authority.

Download A Guide to Maintaining Best Practices in Safety and Health

February 2017 - A Guide to Risk Assessments and Safety Statements

No matter what size your business is, you are responsible for the safety of yourself, your employees, and any other person that may be affected by your work activities. You are also legally obliged to prepare a safety statement and carry out risk assessments for your business. To help you along check out this Guide to Risk Assessments and Safety Statements from the Health and Safety Authority.

Download the Guide to to Risk Assessments and Safety Statements

December 2016 - Guide to Electromagnetic Fields Regulations

Guidance from the Health and Safety Authority

Electromagnetic fields are generated whenever electricity is used. These guidelines explain the main provisions of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Electromagnetic Fields) Regulations, 2016 (S.I. No. 337 of 2016) in a user friendly way.

Download the Guide to the Electromagnetic Fields Regulations 2016

25 November 2016 - Guidance on Occupational Hazards in Dentistry

The aim of this guide from the HSA is to assist in the systematic identification of occupational hazards in dentistry and to highlight protective and preventative measures that might be adopted in order to mitigate the risks posed to workers to as low a level as reasonably practicable.

Download Guidance on Occupational Hazards in Dentistry

10 November 2016 - Be Winter Ready - Publication

A series of publications has been made available on the HSA’s website to help prepare for winter and the unique hazards presented but the harsh weather.

      • Winter Ready Advice on Flooding
      • Winter Ready Advice on Safe Driving
      • Winter Ready Advice for Farm Families
      • Winter Ready Advice for Schools

Download the publications from hsa.ie

7 November 2016 - Safer and healthier work at any age - executive summary

This executive summary is based on the report on main findings of a three-year pilot project initiated by the European Parliament and directed by the EU-OSHA on the occupational safety and health challenges posed by an ageing workforce.

The findings are based on reviews on ageing and OSH, rehabilitation and  return to work; on an examination of current policies, programmes and initiatives for sustainable work, including those related to rehabilitation and return- to -work, in the 28 EU Member States and the four EFTA countries; and on an analysis of the drivers for implementing prevention and health promotion practices for an ageing workforce at workplace level.

The project also aimed to assess the prerequisites for OSH systems to take account of an ageing workforce and ensure better prevention for all throughout working life.

Download the Executive Summary

3 November 2016 - Safer and healthier work at any age - final overall analysis report
This information sheet is a concise summary of the report on main findings of a three-year pilot project initiated by the European Parliament and directed by the EU-OSHA on the occupational safety and health challenges posed by an ageing workforce.

The findings are based on reviews on ageing and OSH, rehabilitation and  return to work; on an examination of current policies, programmes and initiatives for sustainable work, including those related to rehabilitation and return- to -work, in the 28 EU Member States and the four EFTA countries; and on an analysis of the drivers for implementing prevention and health promotion practices for an ageing workforce at the workplace level.

The project also aimed to assess the prerequisites for OSH systems to take account of an ageing workforce and ensure better prevention for all throughout working life.

Download the Information Sheet

3 November 2016 - Respirable crystalline silica on construction sites: new European Guidance for Labour Inspectors
The Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) together with the Dutch ministry of Labour (labour inspection) have published guidance for National Labour Inspectors on addressing risks to workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) on construction sites.

RCS is widely encountered in workplaces in EU countries across a number of industry sectors and is known to cause serious illnesses such as silicosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and lung cancer. Construction work is the focus of this guidance document due to its widespread presence across Europe and because of the high risks in terms of potential for exposure and the large number of workers potentially exposed.

The guide provides national labour inspectors with background information on RCS, health risks, regulatory framework and control measures and a number of RCS task sheets. Possible actions are recommended where a potential high, medium or low RCS health risk may be encountered depending on the extent and level of controls implemented by the employer at the time of inspection.

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24 October 2015 - Healthy Ireland Survey
The second annual survey involved 7,500 people aged 15 and over living in Ireland. Interviews took place between September 2015 and May 2016. The survey provides up-to-date information on the health of the nation. The Healthy Ireland Survey covers a number of topics including diet and nutrition. Download the Survey Results in Full
21 October 2016 - Managing Food on Shift Work
This research set out to establish the dietary and related lifestyle behaviours of shift workers from the three largest employment sectors that require shift work on the island of Ireland. These are accommodation and food services, health and social care, and manufacturing.  Download the Report in Full
20 October 2016 - Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders and Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Ireland: Evidence from the QNHS 2002-2013
New research published by the ESRI identifies workers who are most at risk of developing the two most common types of work-related illness-  work-related stress, anxiety and depression (SAD) and work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). In Ireland, MSD and SAD account for 50 per cent and 18 per cent of work-related illnesses respectively.

The report identifies risk factors associated with each illness, using data from the Quarterly National Household Survey for the years 2002-2013, and outlines implications for measures to assist those most at risk of developing work-related MSD and SAD.

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