07 Oct Bill to protect workers
Bill to protect vulnerable workers introduced
7 October 2020
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020 was introduced in the Dáil on 7 October with the aim of protecting workers who cannot work from home in settings such as meat plants and care homes. The purpose of the bill, which amends the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, is to make workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 notifiable to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).
Workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 are currently not reportable to the HSA.
The bill was not opposed and will be taken in Private Members’ time.