Office Bullying

Prevention of Bullying - Codes of Practice

There are three relevant Codes of Practice as there are three separate pieces of legislation relating to this aspect of the employment situation:

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005
  • Industrial Relations Act, 1990
  • Employment Equality Act, 1998

The Codes of Practice are designed to provide guidelines on arrangements, procedures and guidance generally on tackling workplace bullying, harassment and sexual harassment.

Code of Practice on the prevention of Workplace Bullying made under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005
This Code is under the remit of the Health and Safety Authority, and outlines the procedures which should be in place in organisations so that the hazard of workplace bullying can be effectively and consistently addressed. It also provides guidance for employers, employees and trade unions on how to prevent a bullying culture from developing and identifies those responsible for its management and control. Enquiries on this Code should be directed to:

Workplace Contact Unit,
Health and Safety Authority,
Metropolitan Building,
James Joyce St,
Dublin 1.
Tel:(01) 6147000 or 1890 289 389

Code of Practice detailing Procedures for Addressing Bullying in the Workplace made under the Industrial Relations Act, 1990

This Code is under the remit of the Labour Relations Commission. Download the full text of the Code. Enquiries on this Code should be directed to:

Labour Relations Commission,
Tom Johnson House,
Haddington Road,
Dublin 4.
Tel: (01) 6136700 or Lo-Call 1890 220227

Code of Practice on Guidance, Prevention and Procedures for dealing with Sexual Harassment and Harassment at Work made under the Employment Equality Act, 1998

This Code is under the remit of the Equality Authority. Enquiries on this Code should be directed to:

Equality Authority,
2 Clonmel Street,
Dublin 2.
Tel:  (01) 4173333 or Lo-Call 1890 245545