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In this section you will find information and guidance developed by the Health & Safety Authority which may be applicable for your business. 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. 


NOTE: Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Deer, Tillage or Mixed farming business types are not included in BeSMART.ie. If you have one of these farms you should visit the Health & Safety Authority Agriculture webpage or go to the farm safely online tool at www.farmsafely.com to prepare your risk assessments as part of the HSA Agricultural Code of Practice for 3 or less employees. 




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

Bale Handling

  • a Working Safely With Bales on the Farm Information Sheet (PDF, 514KB)

Bullying in the Workplace 

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

Children, Young Persons & Pregnant Employees 

  • a Guidance on the Protection of Children and Young Persons (PDF, 488KB)
  • a Code of Practice on Preventing Accidents to Children and Young Persons in Agriculture (PDF, 1.26MB)
  • a Child Safety On the Farm Information Sheet (PDF, 124KB)
  • a Guidance on the Protection of Pregnant, Post Natal and Breastfeeding Employees (PDF, 473KB)


  • a Practical advice on managing Chemicals (PDF, 538KB)
  • a Your Steps to Chemical Safety (PDF, 1973 KB)
  • a Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for Hazardous Chemicals Information Sheet (PDF, 252KB)
  • a Chemical Distributors Duties REACH and CLP Information Sheet (PDF, 296KB)
  • a Storage of Hazardous Chemicals in Warehouses and Drum Stores (PDF, 238KB)
  • a A Guide to Non-Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment PPE for use with Chemical Agents in the Workplace (PDF, 1.21MB)
  • a Use Chemicals Safely on the Farm (PDF 2268KB)  

Confined Spaces

Display Screen Equipment

  • a Practical advice on managing Display Screen Equipment (PDF, 525KB)


  • X-20120405163729832 Guidelines for Working Safe Near Overhead Lines in Agriculture (PDF 2,200KB)
  • a Practical advice on managing Electricity (PDF, 752KB)
  • X-20120405163729832 Guidance Note on Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations (PDF 1179KB)



First Aid

Fumes, Dusts and Ventilation



Manual Handling


Management of Asbestos-Containing Materials

Night & Shift Work

Safety Management

  • A Guide to Risk Assessments and Safety Statements (PDF, 4.1MB)

Safety Signs

Slips, Trips and Falls

  • a Preventing Slips Trips and Falls at work (PDF, 0.4MB)
  • a Watch Your Step - Choosing Slip Resistant Footwear (PDF, 0.4MB)
  • a Practical advice on managing Slips, Trips and Falls (PDF, 538KB)

Slurry Handling


  • X-20120405163729832 Health and Safety for Swine Workers Information Sheet (PDF, 353KB)

Timber and Chainsaws

  • X-20120405163729832 Chainsaw Safety Training Advice Information Sheet (PDF 347KB) 
  • X-20120405163729832 Using Petrol-Driven Chainsaws IFS Guide (PDF, 1681MB)


  • a Practical advice on managing Workplace Transport (PDF, 886KB)
  • a Essential Tractor Safety Checks Sheet (PDF, 292KB)
  • a Load Security Information Sheet (PDF, 319KB)
  • a Safe Driving for Work (PDF, 13.7MB)
  • a Driving for Work Employer's Guidelines CD rom/Videos
  • a Pedestrian Safety in the workplace Information Sheet (PDF,531KB)
  • a Workplace Transport Safety Reversing Vehicles (PDF, 60KB)
  • a Delivering Safely Information Sheet (PDF, 377KB)
  • a Car Daily Checks Information Sheet (PDF, 830.7 KB)
  • a Vehicle Safety Check Car Poster (PDF, 175 KB)
  • a Vehicle Safety Check Van Poster (PDF, 2232 KB)
  • a Safe Driving for Work Drivers Handbook (PDF, 2MB)
  • a Safe Use of All Terrain Vehicles in Agriculture and Forestry Information Sheet (PDF, 409KB)
  • a Guidance on the Safe Use of Tractors and Farm Machinery on Farms (PFD, 4821KB). Appendix 10 has summary information on revised standards for agricultural vehicles on the road
  • X-20120405163729832 Safe Load Securing of Plant and Machinery (PDF 1.3MB) New Apr 16


Working at Height

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


slipsAccident and Dangerous Occurrence Reporting


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)





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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

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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.

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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.


Free Online Learning:

Use the elearning tab at the top of the page or visit Health and Safety Authority Courses for Small Businesses to access free, short courses for employers, employees and those starting their 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.