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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.





The Client in Construction

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 defines 'client' as a person for whom a project is carried out. The regulations place certain duties on Clients. These duties are intended to ensure that the project is designed and constructed by competent persons.


Client Duties

  • Employ competent designers and contractors to carry out the work
  • Appointment in writing, before design work starts, of a competent and adequately resourced project supervisor for the design process (PSDP), as required.
  • Appointment in writing, before construction work starts, of a competent and adequately resourced project supervisor for the construction process (PSCS), as required.
  • Co-operate with the project supervisor and supply necessary information;
  • Keep and make available the safety file (provided by the PSDP) for the completed structure.  The safety file contains information on the completed structure that will be required for future maintenance or renovation .
  • Provide a copy of the safety and health plan prepared by the PSDP to every person tendering for the project.  In the case of projects on a domestic dwelling it is sufficient for the Client to provide the plan to the PSCS when they have been appointed.
  • Notify the Authority where construction is likely to take more than 500 persons days or 30 working days.


Guide for Homeowners

The introduction of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 places responsibilities on homeowners, called Clients in the Regulations, who are having construction work carried out on their home.The aim of this guide is to provide practical information for homeowners as to what they need to know and do.




Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS)

The role of the project supervisor construction stage is to manage and co-ordinate health and safety matters during the construction stage.  The project supervisor construction stage is appointed before the construction work begins and remains in that position until all construction work on the project is completed.

Project Supervisor Construction Stage Duties

  • Co-ordinate the implementation of the construction regulations by contractors;
  • Organise co-operation between contractors and the provision of information;
  • Co-ordinate the reporting of accidents to the Authority;
  • Notify the Authority before construction commences where construction is likely to take more than 500 person days or 30 working days;
  • Provide information to the site safety representative;
  • Co-ordinate the checking of safe working procedures;
  • Co-ordinate measures to restrict entry on to the site;
  • Co-ordinate the provision and maintenance of welfare facilities;
  • Co-ordinate arrangements to ensure that craft, general construction workers, and security workers have a Safety Awareness card, e.g. Safe Pass and a Construction Skills card where required;
  • Co-ordinate the appointment of a site safety representative where there are more than 20 persons on site;
  • Appoint a safety adviser where there are more than 100 on site;
  • Provide all necessary safety file information to the PSDP;
  • Monitor the compliance of contractors and others and take corrective action where necessary;
  • Notify the Authority and the client of non-compliance with any written directions issued;
  • The PSCS may issue directions to designers or contractors.


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Develop a Construction Stage Health and Safety Plan Using BeSMART.ie

The Project Supervisor Construction Stage must develop a suitable Safety and Health Plan for the project, prior to the commencement of construction work. The plan provides the blueprint for managing and co-ordinating safety and health during construction. The plan needs to explain how the key safety and health issues will be managed. It must be relevant to the particular project and should be built on the Safety and Health Plan prepared on a preliminary basis by the Project Supervisor Design Process.

You can now develop a Construction Stage Health and Safety Plan using the template which is available for download when you complete a risk assessment for your construction business type using BeSMART.ie

  • Register for a confidential account on BeSMART.ie or as a Guest User pick your construction business type (your work will not be saved)
  • Pick your construction business type
  • Work through the hazard assessments
  • When you get to the management screen you will be now given the following options;
    • Download your safety statement including risk assessments and action list or;
    • Download your construction stage health and safety plan including your risk assessments and action list
    • Browse the hazard database
    • Manage your action list
  • The construction stage plan will be downloaded in RTF (Rich Text Format) and can be saved as a Word or Pages document. 
  • You must then develop your construction stage plan by adding all relevant information about your project and following the information and guidance contained in the document.
  • Finally keep the construction stage plan updated and ensure the relevant information is available to anybody associated with the project that may need it

Note: You must keep a master copy of your construction stage health and safety plan that you have developed on a local or secure storage area as BeSMART.ie does not have the capability of editing or saving updated files.






  • asbestos_flyer_coverAsbestos Information Sheet (PDF 2509KB)
  • asbestos_guidelines_coverAsbestos-Containing Materials (ACMs) in Workplaces - Practical Guidelines on ACM Management and Abatement (PDF 2432KB)
  • ACM_CoverCarraige of Asbestos-Containing Materials by Road (PDF 953KB)


  • chainsaw_infosheet_coverChainsaw Safety Training Advice Information Sheet (PDF 560KB) 

Chemicals and Health

  • hazchem_datasheet_coverSafety Data Sheet (SDS) for Hazardous Chemicals Information Sheet (PDF, 252KB)
  • respiratory_protective_equipment A Guide to Respiratory Protective Equipment (PDF 879KB)
  • diesel_exhaust_coverSafe Working with Diesel Engine Exhaust (PDF, 300KB) 


  • Electrical_Inspection_CoverGuidance Note on Periodic Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installations (PDF 1179KB)
  • gates_guide_coverGuidelines on the Safety of Powered Gates (PDF 1.2MB) 

Homeowner Guidance

  • homeowners_guide_coverGuide for Homeowners Getting Construction Work Carried Out (PDF 516KB)

Manual Handling

  • Management_of_Manual_Handling_in_the_Constrcution_Sector An Introduction to the Management of Manual Handling in the Construction Sector (PDF 3360KB)
  • cover_of_roof_tiles_publicationReducing the Manual Handling of Roof Panels (PDF 742KB)

PSCS Guidance

  • contractors_guide_coverGuide for Contractors and Project Supervisors Carrying Out Construction Work (PDF 2.1MB)
  • Definition_of_Construction_Work_Cover Definition of Construction Work (PDF 673KB)

Safety Management

  • Safety Statements and Risk Assessments (PDF, 4.1MB)
  • A Guide to Maintaining Best Practices in Safety and Health (PDF, 1.3MB)

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  • AF1 Approved Form (AF 1) - Particulars to be notified by the Client to the HSA before the design process begins (AF1 Form)

  • AF2 Approved Form (AF 2) - Particulars to be notified by Project Supervisor for the Construction Stage to the Health and Safety Authority before the construction work begins (Report AF2 online)

Lifting Equipment 

  • GA1z Form GA1 - Report of Thorough Examination (PDF 489KB)


  • ga2 Form GA2 - Report of Weekly Examination (PDF 378KB)

Work at Height 

  • GA3 Form GA3 - Inspection of Work Equipment for Working at Height (PDF 369KB)

Personal Floatation Devices

  • af4 Approved Form (AF4) - Results of Inspection & Thorough Examination of Personal Flotation Devices (PDF 556KB)

Fire Safety Checklist



Templates and Registers

Templates - Risk Assessment, Pregnancy and Method Statement 

Registers - Induction, Training and PPE 



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



Accident 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.

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)



Tool Box Talks for Construction

Tool Box Talks for Construction Training Register

  • TBT1 Tool Box Talks for Construction Training Register (PDF 88KB) 



Codes of Practice


Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Overhead Electricity Lines

  • Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Overhead Electricity Lines (PDF 605KB)

Code of Practice for Safety in Roofwork

Code of Practice for Working in Confined Spaces

  • Confined_Spaces_COP_CoverCode of Practice for Working in Confined Spaces (PDF 1559KB)

Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Underground Services

  • Code of Practice for Avoiding Danger from Underground Services (PDF 1975KB)

Code of Practice for Access and Working Scaffolds

  • CoP_Scaffolds_coverCode of Practice for Access and Working Scaffolds (PDF 8MB)

Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Anchors

  • Anchors_COP_1Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Anchors (PDF 7MB)

Code of Practice - For Contractors with Three or Less Employees 

  • CoP_Construction_3_or_less_employees_coverCode of Practice - For Contractors with Three or Less. This code of practice is designed to reduce accidents and fatalities in the construction sector and assist small contractors comply with safety and health legislation. PLEASE NOTE: THIS PUBLICATION COSTS €50, IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN HARD COPY FORMAT AND CAN BE ORDERED BY PHONING 1890 289389.




Construction Safe System of Work Plans

The primary objective of the SSWP is to identify the major hazards associated with your work activities and to ensure that appropriate controls are in place before work commences. The Safe System of Work Plan (SSWP) complements the Safety Statement required under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.


SSWP Building and Monument Maintenance Form

 SSWP Road Works Form

 SSWP Civil Engineering

 SSWP Demolition

 SSWP House Building

SSWP Commercial Buildings






Safety and Health in Construction

This introductory course aims to help learners to develop an overview of safety and health in construction. It is relevant for those at third level in construction-related disciplines as well as those undertaking apprenticeships in any construction-related areas.

Course Duration: 120 minutes.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course you should be able to:

• Recognise the importance of managing safety and health in construction and key legislation.
• Report workplace accidents.
• Understand training, first aid and welfare provisions.
• Identify types of hazards and ways to prevent accidents.
• Understand how to plan a safe working environment in construction by implementing safety procedures for electrical equipment, overhead electricity lines, demolition and many more important aspects of safety.


Construction Safety: The Safety Management Pack (SMP20)

This course explains the Safety Management Pack for construction contractors with 20 or fewer employees (SMP 20). SMP20 will help you to plan your work in a safe way and protect your employees and the people around you.

Course Duration: 45 minutes.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course you should be able to:

• Develop your own safety statement and improve your work methods.
• Order your SMP20 Pack from the Construction Safety Partnership using your unique 'Certificate Number'.