Health & Safety

Responsibility for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work in Northern Ireland is held by The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI). HSENI's role is to ensure that risks to people's health and safety from work activities are properly controlled.

Their free helpline provides an advisory service for customers who have queries over health and safety in the workplace.  The telephone number is 0800 0320 121. The information and advice centre based at Ladas Drive, Belfast provides a comprehensive range of health and safety information resources for customers


Driving at Work Northern Ireland: An Employers’ Guide’.

The guide has been developed jointly by DOE and the Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland. It assists employers and employees in understanding their duties under health and safety at work law for driving at work.The three main areas of the management of occupational road risk are: -* safe driver – are your drivers competent and capable of doing their work in a way that is safe for them and other people? * safe vehicle – are vehicles fit for the purpose for which they are used?* safe journey – do you plan routes thoroughly?http://www.hseni.gov.uk/news.htm?id=17213&employers-responsible-for-employees-driving-at-work

Workplace health, safety and welfare – Approved Code of Practice

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces (except those involving construction work on construction sites, those in or on a ship, or those below ground at a mine).

The book includes the Regulations in full, as well as the Approved Code of Practice and guidance. It will help employers understand the regulatory requirements on issues such as ventilation, temperature, lighting, cleanliness, room dimensions, workstations and seating, floor conditions, falls or falling objects, transparent and translucent doors, gates and walls, windows, skylights and ventilators, traffic routes, escalators, sanitary conveniences and washing facilities.

This revised and updated version takes account of changes to legislation since the previous edition was published, including:

  • Quarries Miscellaneous Health and Safety Provisions Regulations 1995;
  • Quarries Regulations 1999;
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005;
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007;
  • Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Repeals, Revocations and Amendments) Regulations 2002.


Telephone Enquiry Point

The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

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