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In this section you will find information and guidance developed by the Health & Safety Authority that is industry / sector specific. We have included the most relevant documentation that will help you expand your knowledge in these areas. Further information and guidance is also available to download at our publications section on the Health & Safety Authority webpage;

safety_filePublications - Industry & Hazard Specific

See also 'Top Tips & Videos' for more information on Electricity, Fire, Manual Handling, Slips/Trips/Falls, Chemicals, Working at Height, Workplace Transport, Display Screen Equipment and Maintenance

Biological Agents

  • COP_Biological_Agents_2020Code of Practice for Biological Agents 2020 (PDF 6.2MB)

Children, Young Persons & Pregnant Employees

  •  Guidance on the Protection of Pregnant, Post Natal and Breastfeeding Employees (PDF, 473KB)
  • Guidance on the Protection of Children and Young Persons (PDF, 488KB)


  • COP_chemicals_and_carcinogen_regCode of Practice for the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Chemical Agents and Carcinogens Regulations (1.2MB)
  • your_guide_to_chem_safety_cover Your Steps to Chemical Safety (PDF, 1973 KB)
  • hazchem_datasheet_cover Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Hazardous Chemicals Information Sheet (PDF, 252KB)
  • chemical_distributor_list_cover Chemical Distributors Duties REACH and CLP Information Sheet (PDF, 296KB)
  • Chemical Importers Information Sheet (PDF, 634KB)
  • Chemical Health and Safety in Nail Bars and Salons Information Sheet (PDF,513KB)
  • Motor_Jpeg Working in the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Info Sheet (PDF, 240KB)
  • Storage_of_Hazardous_Cheimicals_Cover Storage of Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (PDF, 169 KB)
  • Storage_of_Hazardous_Chemicals_in_Warehouses_and_Drum_Stores_Cover Storage of Hazardous Chemicals in Warehouses and Drum Stores (PDF, 238KB)
  • PPE_Guide_Cover A Guide to Non-Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment PPE for use with Chemical Agents in the Workplace (PDF, 1.21MB)
  •  Communicating Chemical Hazards at Work Information Sheet (PDF, 520KB)

Contract Cleaning

Display Screen Equipment

  • guideonupperbody_ Guide to Upper Limb Disorders in Financial Services (PDF,483KB)
  • 2021-04-26_17-04-36 Guidance on Working from Home for Employers and Employees (PDF, 2.5MB)
  • 2021-04-26_17-14-00DSE Key Tips - Position Yourself Well (PDF, 400KB)


  • Electrical_Inspection_Cover Guidance Note on Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations (PDF 1179KB)


First Aid

Fumes, Dusts and Ventilation

  •  asthma_guide_coverGuidelines on Occupational Asthma (PDF, 313KB)
  • Local_Exhaust_Ventilation_LEV_Guidance_Cover Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) Guidance (PDF, 5.79MB)
  • asbestos_guidelines_cover Asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in Workplaces - Practical Guidelines on ACM Management and Abatement (PDF, 2.4MB)
  • diesel_exhaust_cover_1 Safe Working with Diesel Engine Exhaust (PDF, 300KB)


  • legion_cover Legionnaire's Disease Information Sheet (PDF, 127KB)
  • Legionella_Info_Sheet_Cover Legionella Control in Water Cooling Towers Information Sheet (PDF, 1.92MB)


  • Guidance_on_the_Purchase_of_New_Machinery Guidance on the Purchase of New Machinery Information Sheet (PDF, 181KB)
  • MEWP_Publicaton MOBILE ELEVATED WORK PLATFORMS (MEWPs) Guidance on Safe Operating Procedures (PDF, 1MB)
  • gates_guide_cover  Guidelines on the Safety of Powered Gates (PDF 1.2MB) 

Managing Health and Safety in Small Healthcare Facilities

  •  Caring with Minimal Lifting PDF (390KB)
  • Healthcare Health and Safety Management in Healthcare (PDF, 170KB)
  • Residential_Care_Facilities_Cover Health and Safety at Work in Residential Care Facilities (PDF, 3.0MB)
  • manual_handling_healthcare_cover Guidance on the Management of Manual Handling in Healthcare (PDF, 1MB)
  • patient_hooist_cover Guidance on Safety with Mobile Patient Hoists and Slings in Healthcare Establishments Information Sheet (PDF,114KB)
  • guidance_on_lone_working_cover Guidance on Lone Working in the Healthcare Sector (PDF, 1.2MB)
  • Violence_Info_Sheet_Cover Prevention of Violence in Healthcare (PDF, 151KB)
  • controlling_legionnaires_disease_in_health_care_sector_cover Controlling Legionnaires' Disease in Healthcare Settings (PDF, 726KB)
  • Tuberculosis_2011_cover Tuberculosis - Protecting Healthcare Workers From Workplace Exposure Info sheet (PDF,552KB)
  • Health_and_Safety_Management_Checklist_For_Small_Healthcare_Facilities_Cover Small Healthcare Providers Checklist (PDF, 456KB)
  • Occupational Safety and Health and Home Care (PDF, 1858KB)
  • Cover_of_Sharps_Guidelines Guide to the European Union (Prevention of Sharps Injuries in the Healthcare Sector) Regulations 2014 (PDF, 548KB)
  • a HSE/HPSC Guidelines for the Emergency Management of Injuries (PDF,3.55MB)
  • Waste_Anaesthetic_Gases_Information_Sheet_Cover Controlling Waste Anaesthetic Gases in Healthcare Settings Information Sheet 2014 (PDF, 555KB)

Manual Handling 

Night & Shift Work


 Petrol Stations & ADR

  • a ADR Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road A Guide For Business (PDF, 1.61MB)
  • a ADR vehicle equipment and documentation checks - tanks (Poster) (PDF,263KB)
  • a Petrol Storage Information Note (PDF, 157KB)
  • a Wetstock Reconciliation at Fuel Storage Facilities (PDF, 5753KB)
  • a Handling Petrol Safely Information Note (PDF, 206KB)
  • PetrolStations_cover Emergency Response Plans for Petrol Stations (PDF, 199KB)
  • Petrol_Stations Fire & Explosion Risks in Service Stations (PDF, 1.24MB)
  • a Schedule 4 Certificate for Fuel Deliveries (PDF, 294KB)
  • DGSA_Guide_Cover Guidance on the Duties of a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) (PDF, 1390KB)

Retail and Hospitality

  • a Get a Grip (PDF,440KB )
  • a Health & Safety in Small Retail Premises (PDF, 54KB)
  • a Safe Hospitality (PDF, 3.6MB)
  • a Lighten the Load for the Retail Sector (PDF, 1030KB)
  • a Guide on Manual Handling Risk Assessment in the Hospitality Sector (PDF,1093KB)
  •  Safety in Licensed Premises No. 1 - Cellar Safety - CO2 Case Study (PDF, 1.4MB)
  •  Safety in Licensed Premises No. 2 - Cellar Safety – Keg Handling (PDF, 1.0MB)
  • Safety in Licensed Premises No. 3 - Fire (PDF, 1.2MB)
  •  Safety in Licensed Premises No. 4 - Handling and Storing Waste (PDF, 1.6MB)
  • unfamiliar Safety in Licensed Premises No. 5 - Unfamiliar Workplaces (PDF, 1.0MB)
  • unfamiliar Safety in Licensed Premises No. 6 - Slips, Trips and Falls (PDF, 0.4MB)

Safety Management

  • A Guide to Risk Assessments and Safety Statements (PDF, 4.1MB)
  • A Guide to Maintaining Best Practices in Safety and Health (PDF, 1.3MB)

Safety Representatives 

Safety Signs

  •  Safety Signs at a Place of Work Guide (PDF, 2141KB)

Slips, Trips and Falls

  • slip_resist_coverWatch Your Step - Choosing Slip Resistant Footwear (PDF, 0.4MB)
  • Preventing_Slips_Trips_and_Falls_coverPreventing Slips Trips and Falls at work (PDF, 0.4MB)

Work Related Vehicles


  • vets_cover Health & Safety of Vets Visiting Farms (PDF, 788KB)




HSA_Icons_14mm_(2)-1Top Tips, Information Sheets & Safety Talks

The Taking Care of Business team have developed a range of information sheets and 'Top Tips' guidance to help you manage the most common hazards that you may encounter on a day to day basis. 

  • 'Top Tips' give a condensed summary of the information sheets and are ideal for communicating key information to your employees.                                                                            
  • Information Sheets provide employers and employees with practical advice on the most commonly found hazards that may be encountered in any business on any day.
  • Safety Talks For Small Business Information Pack can be used to help you prepare for and record awareness training in your workplace


Top Tips


Information Sheets


Safety Talks Pack

  • a Safety Talks For Small Business Information Pack (781KB)
  • a Safety Talks For Small Business Register (306KB)







Fire Safety Checklist

Lifting Equipment Forms

  • X-20120405163729832 Form GA1 - Report of Thorough Examination (PDF 489KB)
  • X-20120405163729832 Form GA2 - Report of Weekly Examination (PDF 378KB)

Work at Height Forms

  • X-20120405163729832 Form GA3 - Inspection of Work Equipment for Working at Height (PDF 369KB)

Personal Floatation Devices

  • X-20120405163729832 Approved Form (AF4) - Results of Inspection & Thorough Examination of Personal Flotation Devices (PDF 556KB)

Biological Agents Notifcation

  • Form of Notification for First Time Use of a Group 2/3 or 4 Biological Agent (54.5KB)



 Records_ManagementTemplates and Registers

Templates - Risk Assessment, Pregnancy and Method Statement 

Registers - Induction, Training and PPE 

Pressure Vessels - Register and Report of Thorough Examination

  • Picture1 Pressure Vessels Template Register (31KB)
  • X-20120405163729832 Examination of a Pressure Vessel Information Sheet (PDF 71.4KB)

  Note: Downloading in Rich Text Format (RTF) means you can edit the document

safesystemCodes of Practice

Bullying in the Workplace

  • COP_BullyingCode of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work (PDF, 1.4MB)

Confined Spaces

  • Confined_Spaces_COP_Cover Code of Practice for Working in Confined Spaces (PDF, 1.66MB) - New Revised 1st May 2017

Rider-Operated Lift Trucks: Operator Training and Supplementary Guidance

  • lift_trucks_coverCode of Practice for Rider-Operated Lift Trucks: Operator Training and Supplementary Guidance (PDF, 171MB)


slipsAccident and Dangerous Occurrence Reporting

All accidents and incidents should be investigated and detailed records kept which could include, photographs, CCTV, witness statements etc. The following forms and link can be used to record and report accidents or incidents that occur in the workplace.

Form IR1 - Notification of Accident

  • Form IR1 - Accidents can be reported to the Health and Safety Authority in two ways, namely by hard copy, i.e. completing the Incident Report Form (IR1) and posting it to the Workplace Contact Unit, Health and Safety Authority, The Metropolitan Building, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1. Forms can be obtained by contacting the HSA at 1890 289389.
  • Or you can report accidents online, via the Health and Safety Authority's website, IR1 Online

Form IR3 - Form of Notification of a Dangerous Occurence

  • X-20120405163729832 Form IR3 - Form of Notification of a Dangerous Occurence (PDF 98KB)

Internal Accident / Incident Investigation Form

  • Picture1 Internal Accident/Incident Investigation Form (RTF 320KB)

Guidance on Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences

  • X-20120405163729832 Guidance on the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences) Regulations 2016 (PDF 1.2MB)


Positively supporting employee engagement and wellbeing

 Work PositiveCI is a FREE State and stakeholder supported psychosocial risk management process that helps organisations identify ways to improve employee wellbeing.

Use Work PositiveCI to improve employee wellbeing

Work PositiveCI is a completely confidential psychosocial risk management process. It involves a ‘whole workforce’ approach which can be rolled out over a three to six month period and be re-used every few years.

Identify and measure psychosocial risk including critical incident exposure

Work PositiveCI assesses workplace stressors, employee psychological wellbeing and critical incident exposure in the workplace. If not properly managed these stressors can lead to poor mental health and wellbeing, increased sickness absence, presenteesim and lower productivity.

Receive actionable feedback

It provides easy-to-understand online reports, identifies risk areas and provides clear guidance on ways to improve employee wellbeing, enabling focused action to be taken. Work PositiveCIprovides specific support and guidance in addressing critical incident exposure in the workplace.

Improve performance

Work PositiveCI can lead to high impact results, such as reducing sickness absence and turnover, and increasing employee engagement, wellbeing and productivity.

Comply with current legislation

Work PositiveCI helps employers comply with health and safety legislation at a national and European level. Employers are obliged under the Irish Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 to ensure safe places of work for all employees, which covers mental as well as physical health and safety.

Free and easy to use

There is no software to download. The surveys take ten to fifteen minutes to complete. You can log in to create surveys, access your response rates and view results 24/7, using any Wi-Fi enabled device. The surveys are completely FREE to use.


Work PositiveCI is completely confidential. The data is processed by an independent service provider in compliance with applicable Data Protection legislation.



Health and Safety Authority Courses for Small Businesses

Welcome to the Health and Safety Authority's on-line small business courses. Whether you're an employer, an employee or starting your own business, these courses will give you a quick, free and invaluable guide to getting health and safety right from the outset.

 All you have to do is register, take the course whenever you wish and then download your certificate of completion when finished. You can also register a group of employees to take a course.