The Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the occupational health and safety regulator for the Republic of Ireland, has amended the welfare regulations with an update on work equipment.
The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 amend the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007.
The 2007 regulations establish the majority of the safety, health and welfare provisions that apply generally to all employments. These new amendments relate specifically to Part 2, on workplaces and work equipment, and are necessary in order to implement the requirements of Directive 2009/104/EC, on the minimum safety and health requirements for the use of work equipment by workers at work.
The amending regulations aim to:
● make Irish law fully align with European requirements;
● increase the protection of workers who work on or near excavators used for object handling;
● clarify requirements for operators by distinguishing between the provisions that apply to cranes and provisions that apply to excavators used for object handling.
They came into operation on 1 April 2020.
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