The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

The Regulations implement most of the requirements of the Workplace Directive (89/654/ECC) concerning minimum standards for workplace health and safety.

They have applied in full to all workplaces since 1st January 1996 when the transitional provisions ended.

Some workplaces not previously subject to specific requirements are within their scope, including schools and hospitals.

Objectives of the Regulations

The objective of the Regulations is to place obligations on employers and others in control of workplaces to reduce risks associated with work in or near buildings.

Requirements of the Regulations

The application of these Regulations is very general, in contrast to the Factories Act and other legislation, which they largely replace. They do not apply to a workplace inside a means of transport, workplaces where the only activities are construction activities or those defined as mineral resource extraction or ancillary activities. Fishing boats are also excluded.

There are 14 major topics in the Workplace Regulations:

  • maintenance of workplace and equipment servicing it
  • ventilation, temperature and lighting
  • cleanliness
  • workspace allocation
  • workstation design and arrangement
  • traffic routes and floors
  • fall protection
  • glazing
  • doors and gates
  • travellators and escalators
  • sanitary and washing facilities
  • drinking water supply
  • accommodation for clothing
  • facilities for changing, rest and meals