Updated HSA Guidance

May 09, 2023

The responsibility for safety and health at work rests with the employer regardless of whether an employee works remotely or at the employer’s premises. Employers must provide a safe work environment and, in doing so, assess the risks and ensure appropriate controls are in place to safeguard employees at work.

The Heath & Safety Authority (HSA) have now updated their Remote Work Guidance and Checklists. This guidance provides useful information and advice on managing remote working away from the employer’s normal work premises. If you have employees working from remotely (from home or from a work hub), this guidance is applicable to your business.

In addition, they have issued separate guidance on Managing Psychosocial Hazards in the Workplace. This Information Sheet gives practical advice on what psychosocial hazards are, and the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees in relation to managing psychosocial hazards.

Please find guidance below –

The HSA has developed a short (15 minute) awareness course on this guidance - details here
Upcoming events –

  •  HSA are facilitating a free webinar on ‘Ergonomic and Psychosocial Risk Assessment in the Workplace’, taking place on 17 May – details here.
  • Ibec Academy will run a half day virtual workshop on 31 May on ‘Remote Work - Considerations for HR and OSH practitioners’ – details here. SFA members can avail of the ‘member rate’.  
  • In addition, Ibec are running a one-day seminar on ‘Mental Health Risks in the Irish Workplace’ – taking place on 21 September – details here.

If you have any further queries on this topic, please contact Fiona on fiona.mulligan@sfa.ie or 01 6051557.