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Health & Safety Authority

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is the national body in Ireland with responsibility for securing health and safety at work. It is an independent body operating under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 and has overall responsibility for the administration and enforcement of health and safety in Irish workplaces.

The HSA monitors compliance with the relevant legislation and can take enforcement action, including prosecutions, where appropriate. The key objective of the HSA is to make workplace safety, health and welfare an integral part of doing business in every workplace in Ireland.

The principal functions of the Authority are to promote workplace safety, health and welfare, to provide information and expert advice to employers, employees and the self-employed, to propose new regulations, guidelines and policies and to monitor and enforce compliance with health and safety legislation. It employs over 190 people who work in eight locations throughout the country.

The HSA is also the Competent Authority responsible for compliance with chemical legislation at the workplace through the Classification, Packaging, Labelling and Notification of Dangerous Substances and Preparations Regulations (CPL). These Regulations are intended to protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of dangerous chemicals. They apply to anyone (a manufacturer, importer, supplier, distributor, wholesaler or retailer) who supplies a chemical to a third party within Europe.

A new European piece of legislation known as Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) will eventually replace the current CPL system.

You can find out more about the work of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) at www.hsa.ie