Health and safety in the workplace in Ireland places very onerous obligations on employers. Health and safety law in the workplace derives from
- Common law and
- Statutory regulation.
Under common law there is a general duty of care owed by employers to their employees. Regardless of any piece of legislation such as the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, employers have always had a common law duty to provide a safe place of work/premises.
Broadly the employers’ obligations can be summarised under 5 categories including