Carcinogens Legislation and Guidance

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Carcinogens) Regulations, 2001 (S.I. No. 078 of 2001) and The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Carcinogens) (Regulations) 2015 (S.I. No. 622 of 2015) transpose several EU Directives into Ireland relating to the prevention of exposure to carcinogens and mutagens at work and place a responsibility on all employers in whose premises:

  • A carcinogen
  • A mutagen
  • A carcinogenic process is used, to eliminate the risk of adverse health effects, namely cancer, due to exposure to these dangerous chemicals

Although the Regulations are referred to as the Carcinogen Regulations they refer to both Category 1A & 1B carcinogens and mutagens.

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (No. 10 of 2005) sets down the general requirements for the management of health and safety in the workplace.

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications) Regulations 2007  (S.I. No 299 of 2007) set down general requirements.  Particularly relevant are:

  • Part 2 – Workplace and Work Equipment
  • Part 6 – Sensitive Risk Groups

Obligations are laid down to prevent children or young persons and pregnant, post-natal and breastfeeding employees being exposed to carcinogens 

Depending on the nature of the work other sections may to be considered, i.e. Part 8 – Explosive Atmospheres at Places of Work.


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