Workplace Health is about the effects of work on people’s health and vice versa. Work, if managed properly, is generally good for a person’s physical and mental health.
Workers should be able to work in an environment which protects and promotes their health.
Workplace Health Regulations
The Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007 contain specific workplace health regulations on the following:
- Display screen equipment
- Manual handling
- Noise and vibration
- Pregnant employees, night and shift workers, children and young persons
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Carcinogens) Regulations, 2001 regulate exposure to Carcinogens
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Exposure to Asbestos) Regulations, 2006 regulate exposure to Asbestos and the REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 prohibits the placing on the market, the supply and use of asbestos fibres of all types and of products containing Asbestos fibres.
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 1994 as amended in 1998 sets down the minimum requirements for the protection of workers from the health risks associated with Biological agents in the workplace.
The Chemicals Act No 32 of 2010.pdf.pdf (size 47.8 KB) and The Chemicals Act 2008.pdf (size 399.7 KB) and Regulations made under the Act regulate the use of Chemicals in the workplace.
Workplace Health Publications
The Health and Safety Authority has produced a number of publications to assist employers and employees in managing workplace health issues. These are available as free downloads from the Publications and Forms, Occupational Health section of the web site Publications.