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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

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)


  • 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)
  • 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)

Contract Cleaning

Display Screen Equipment

  • guideonupperbody_ Guide to Upper Limb Disorders in Financial Services (PDF,483KB)


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


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)
  • 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

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)

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











 Records_ManagementTemplates and Registers

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

safesystemCodes of Practice


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.


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.



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)

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)

Bullying in the Workplace

  • CoP_bullying_coverCode of Practice on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work (PDF, 1009KB)

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)

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)