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Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA)

Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) is a tool for structured exploration of different options to address particular policy issues. The process was introduced by the Better Regulation Unit at the Department of the Taoiseach in 2005 to promote the active consideration of alternatives to regulation or lighter forms of regulation. RIA is also useful where legislation has already been committed to by Government, in which case the aim is to identify the appropriate implementation option.

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In line with the recommendations from the Department of the Taoiseach, Regulatory Impact Analysis documents prepared by the Authority are presented below:

YearRegulatory Impact Analysis
2012Prevention of Sharps Injuries in the Healthcare Sector Regulations
 Proposal to repeal the Safety in Industry Acts 1955 and 1980
2011No RIAs
2010Draft Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Mines) Regulations
 Proposal to review Docks (Safety, Health and Welfare) Regulations 1960
 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2010
 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Diving) Regulations 2010
 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) Regulations 2010
 Safety, Health And Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 - Control of artificial optical radiation at work
2009No RIAs
2008Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) (Amendment No 2) Regulations 2008, An Addendum to the RIA on the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 504 of 2006)
 European Communities (Dangerous Substances and Preparations) (Marketing and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 relating to the restrictions on the marketing of certain measuring devices containing mercury
 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Quarries) Regulations 2008
2007Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications) Regulations 2007
2006Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006