Small Business: An Overview

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Small business plays a huge role in the Irish economy:

  • It accounts for 95% of businesses
  • There are 200,000 businesses with fewer than 50 employees
  • 750,000 people are employed by small businesses


Small business owners and managers face many unique challenges, but one challenge they face in common with their larger counterparts is the obligation to provide a safe and healthy place of work. The legal duty and moral responsibility to provide a safe and healthy workplace applies as much to small business and the self-employed as it does to large employers.

In this section of the website you will find practical information and guidance in relation to managing health and safety in a small business. You will also be introduced to BeSMART.ie, our free online tool that helps small businesses carry out their own risk assessments and produce their own safety statement.