05 Apr Construction Safety Bill 2023
Construction Safety Licensing Bill 2023 Published
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has announced the publication of the Construction Safety Licensing Bill 2023.
The bill was published on Friday 24 March and it will reform and modernise the existing model for the sector. This will make construction an even safer place to work and make the industry more attractive to future workers.
It is a key element in the department’s response to meeting construction skills needs and workforce requirements to meet Housing for All and National Development Plan targets.
Safety skills will be embedded into worker skills development, making the workplace safer and making safety management easier for employers.
The new legislation also gives recognition to people on site who are not qualified apprentices or professionals but do have relevant construction skills. They will be able to obtain a licence which recognises their skills as they relate to the person’s activities on site.
One of the significant changes to the industry will be the establishment of a new licensing authority. The authority will replace the existing training model where qualification certificates are issued for life.
Workers will now have to hold a licence and will have to renew those licences periodically to keep their skills and training up to date.
The new authority will keep a register of licensees and will also act as the competent authority to recognise qualifications gained from outside of the State.