General Application Regulations 2007 to 2012

Frequently Asked Questions


What does the term ‘General Application’ mean?

The term ‘general application’ in the title of these Regulations is intended to convey the message that the various Parts and Chapters of the Regulations apply to all employments, as does the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.  As such, the Regulations are designed to simplify the task for employers and workers of locating and identifying the safety and health duties which apply to them. The Regulations were first introduced in 2007 under Statutory Instrument Number S.I. No. 299 of 2007, which was amended by S.I. No. 732 of 2007, S.I. No. 176 of 2010 and S.I. No. 445 of 2012. Together all these Regulations are known as the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 to 2012.

Electronic copies of the General Applications Regulations 2007 to 2013 can be downloaded from the Irish Statute Book.

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Who do these Regulations apply to?

The Regulations place obligations as regards safety and health on employers, employees and others who are connected to work activities e.g. landlords who supply a workplace for use by others, work equipment and chemical suppliers. They apply to all workplaces where work is going on. They lay down a basis for managing safety and health and ensure that employers consult with employees on safety and health matters and others, provide a safe workplace for use, safe equipment etc.

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What areas are covered under these Regulations?

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 to 2012 contain the following parts:

Part 2 - Workplace and Use of Work Equipment
Chapter 1 – Workplace
Chapter 2 – Use of Work Equipment
Chapter 3 – Personal Protective Equipment
Chapter 4 – Manual Handling of Loads
Chapter 5 – Display Screen Equipment

Part 3– Electricity
Part 4 - Work at Height
Part 5 - Physical Agents

Chapter 1 - Control of Noise at Work
Chapter 2 - Control of Vibration at Work

Part 6 - Sensitive Risk Groups Chapter 1 - Protection of Children and Young Persons Chapter 2 - Protection of Pregnant, Post Natal and Breastfeeding Employees Chapter 3 - Night Work and Shift work

Part 7 – Safety Signs and First-Aid
Chapter 1 - Safety Signs at Places of Work
Chapter 2 – First-Aid

 Part 8 - Explosive Atmospheres at Places of Work

Part 9 - Control of Artificial Radiation at Work

Part 10 - Pressure Systems

Schedule 1 – Requirements for Work Equipment
Schedule 2 – Personal Protective Equipment
Schedule 3 – Risk Factors for Manual Handling of Loads
Schedule 4 – Minimum Requirements for all Display Screen Equipment Schedule 5 – Inspection of Work Equipment
Schedule 6 – Hand-Arm Vibration and Whole-Body Vibration
Schedule 7– Protection of Children and Young Persons
Schedule 8 – Lists of Agents, Processes and Working Conditions Relating to Pregnant, Post Natal and Breastfeeding Employees
Schedule 9 – Safety and Health Signs at Work
Schedule 10 – Explosive Atmospheres

Schedule 11 - Artificial Optical Radiation (2010 Amendment)

Scheulde 12 - Pressure Systems (2012 Amendment)

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What parts of the 1993 General Application Regulations still remain? 

Only Part X and the Twelfth Schedule to the General Application Regulations 1993, relating to the notification of accidents and dangerous occurrences, remain in place. These are to be replaced by updated Regulations in 2014.

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