Health and Safety Update, October 2011


Health and Safety Duties to Persons other than Employees
In addition to the duties owed to employees, employers have legal obligations to safeguard the health and safety of others, including visitors and trespassers, at their workplaces. Failing to address those obligations exposes employers to criminal and civil liability.

Health and Safety Record Retention
There is no provision in the 2005 Act requiring the retention of health and safety records for any specific period. There is, however, provision for an inspector from the Health and Safety Authority (“HSA”) to direct the retention of certain records for a period specified (being such time as he or she considers reasonable), under Section 64 of the 2005 Act.

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