Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
Instruction, training and supervision of employees.
10.—(1) Without prejudice to the generality of section 8 and having regard to sections 25 and 26, every employer shall, when providing instruction, training and supervision to his or her employees in relation to their safety, health and welfare at work, ensure that—
(a) instruction, training and supervision is provided in a form, manner and, as appropriate, language that is reasonably likely to be understood by the employee concerned,
(b) employees receive, during time off from their work, where appropriate, and without loss of remuneration, adequate safety, health and welfare training, including, in particular, information and instructions relating to the specific task to be performed by the employee and the measures to be taken in an emergency,
(c) in relation to any specific task assigned to an employee, that his or her capabilities in relation to safety, health and welfare are taken into account,
(d) in the case of—
(i) a class or classes of particularly sensitive employees to whom any of the relevant statutory provisions apply, or
(ii) any employee or group of employees exposed to risks expressly provided for under the relevant statutory provisions,
the employees concerned are protected against the dangers that specifically affect them.
(2) Training under this section shall be adapted to take account of new or changed risks to safety, health and welfare at work and shall, as appropriate, be repeated periodically.
(3) Training under this section shall be provided to employees—
(a) on recruitment,
(b) in the event of the transfer of an employee or change of task assigned to an employee,
(c) on the introduction of new work equipment, systems of work or changes in existing work equipment or systems of work, and
(d) on the introduction of new technology.
(4) Where, in respect of any particular work, competency requirements are prescribed, the employer shall provide for the release of employees, during working hours, where appropriate, and without loss of remuneration, for the purpose of attending training in matters relating to safety, health and welfare at work as regards the particular work.
(5) Every employer shall ensure that persons at work in the place of work concerned who are employees of another employer receive instructions relating to any risks to their safety, health and welfare in that place of work as necessary or appropriate.
(6) Every employer who uses the services of a fixed-term employee or a temporary employee shall ensure that the employee receives the training appropriate to the work which he or she is required to carry out having regard to his or her qualifications and experience.
Previous affecting provision: application of section extended (13.07.2006) by Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Control of Noise at Work) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 371 of 2006), regs. 7 and 8; revoked (other than reg. 11(3), expired 14.02.2008) (1.11.2007) by Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 299 of 2007), reg. 3(1)(z).