Speaking at the signing of the Order to implement the new Act which is effective from 1st. September 2005, Minister Tony Killeen said:
“….this Act is a serious wake up call to employers who do not do enough to prevent accidents in the workplace…”
The Minister went on to say:
“…company directors and managers may also be held liable where they are found to have contributed to any offence…”
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) is the body set up by the Act to promote, monitor and enforce the regulations.
Mr. Tom Beegan CEO of the Health and Safety Authority said:
“…we will be holding 27 seminars across the country starting in August (2005) as part of a major awareness-raising campaign to mark the beginning of this era in health and safety..”
Mr. Beegan went on to say:
“…I very much welcome the increase in fines and penalties…”
Note: the maximum fine on indictment for breaches of health and safety law will be €3m and/or a term of imprisonment of up to 2 years.
For more information on how PAT Testing is regulated by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.: