Construction

Name Committee role
Stephen Cunningham
Chair
Pierce Bennion
Vice-Chair
Shane Cahill
Secretary
Colm Sharkey/Paul Daly
Joint Treasurers
Glynn McKenna/Brian Molloy Events/Communications

What we do

The Construction Specialist Section was established in 1999. Our purpose is to provide a forum for health and safety professionals to exchange ideas and experiences on construction safety and related areas and to network with each other.

Our aims

  • Develop appropriate links and relationships with government, regulatory bodies and other relevant organisations
  • Act as a forum through which the HSA can consult construction health and safety professionals
  • Develop and make submissions on relevant health and safety issues. 
  • Organise and deliver seminars for our membership on matters of construction health and safety and related topics
  • Provide practical information on safety to those involved in the construction process.

Meetings

The Committee meets once a month.

Branch Programme

The 2015 Ireland Branch Programme is available to download. Please note that details may be subject to change, so check back on our website for the most up-to-date information.

Minister Pat Breen signs new regulations to improve reporting by employers of workplace accidents and dangerous occurrences

The new Regulations will come into effect from 1 November 2016

14th July 2016

The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Mr. Pat Breen T.D., signed regulations entitled the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations,  2016 [ S.I  No. 370  of 2016].

The new Regulations are intended to assist employers in complying with their statutory duty to report to the Health and Safety Authority on workplace accidents and dangerous occurrences.

Employers – including the self-employed and farmers – are legally required to notify the Health and Safety Authority when there is an accident at work resulting in an injury that prevents them working for 4 plus days.

Minister Breen said "I am pleased to have been able to introduce new regulations that will help to increase reporting compliance by clarifying reporting requirements. As Minister for Employment and Small Business, I know that businesses will welcome the much simplified, updated and consolidated set of rules that make it easier for them to identify the particular incidents that should be reported to the Health and Safety Authority. Safety in the workplace is of paramount importance and this information will support the HSA’s activities and enable them to advise employers on how to prevent injuries and accidental loss of life.

The new Regulations have been designed to increase the reporting of accidents and dangerous occurrences to the Health and Safety Authority by:

  • Clearly setting out which accidents must be reported to the Authority.
  • Relaxing the requirements for the reporting of accidents to members of the public due to a change which only requires those incidents that require hospitalisation of the victim to be reported.
  • Itemising the types of dangerous occurrences which must be reported in a manner, which better reflects the modern workplace and work practices.

The new Regulations will come into effect from 1 November 2016.

SI No 370 of 2016 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2016