Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007

Risk assessment.

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144. An employer shall—

(a) carry out a risk assessment before employing a child or young person and whenever there is a major change in the place of work which could affect the safety or health of such child or young person,

(b) without prejudice to the provisions of section 19 of the Act, assess any risk to the safety or health of a child or young person and any specific risk to their safety health and development arising from—

(i) his or her lack of experience, absence of awareness of existing or potential risks or lack of maturity,

(ii) any work activity likely to involve a risk of harmful exposure to the physical biological and chemical agents specified in Part A of Schedule 7, and

(iii) the processes and work specified in Part B of Schedule 7,

and take the necessary preventive and protective measures,

(c) take account of the following when carrying out a risk assessment:

(i) the fitting-out and the layout of the place of work and of the workstation,

(ii) the nature, degree and exposure to any physical, chemical or biological agent at the place of work,

(iii) the form, range and use of work equipment, in particular agents, machines apparatus and devices, and the way in which they are handled,

(iv) the arrangement of work processes and of work operations at the place of work and of the way in which these may be organised in combination for the purposes of carrying out work, and

(v) the training, instruction and level of supervision provided to a child or young person at the place of work,

F11 [ ( d ) in taking the protective and preventive measures in accordance with paragraph ( b ) and as regards planning for and implementing measures to monitor and protect the safety and health of a child or young person, take account of section 18 of the Act, and ]

(e) without prejudice to the provisions of section 9 of the Act, inform a child or young person of any risk identified in accordance with paragraph (a) and of the preventive and protective measures taken and, in the case of a child, inform the parent or guardian of such child of such risk and such preventive and protective measures.

Annotations

Amendments:

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Substituted (12.11.2007) by Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 732 of 2007), reg. 2(i), in effect as per reg. 1(2).