Safety, Health and Welfare At Work Act, 1989

Functions of the Authority.

16.—(1) The principal functions of the Authority shall be—

(a) subject to the provisions of subsection (3) and of section 32 , to make adequate arrangements for the enforcement of the relevant statutory provisions;

(b) to promote, encourage and foster the prevention of accidents and injury to health at work in accordance with the provisions of this Act;

(c) to encourage and foster activities and measures which are directed towards the promotion of safety, health and welfare of persons at work;

(d) to make such arrangements as it considers appropriate for providing information and advice on matters related to safety, health and welfare at work; and

(e) to make such arrangements as it considers appropriate to undertake, to promote, to sponsor, to evaluate and to publish the results of research, surveys and studies relating to hazards and risks to the safety and health of persons at work or arising from work activities.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Authority may in its enforcement, advisory, promotional and other functions have regard to—

(a) any matters affecting the safety and health of employees and the self-employed; and

(b) the safety or health of other persons who may be affected by risks arising from work activities in so far as is reasonably practicable including the development of land for, or in the area of, a development which will involve the production, processing, treatment, use or storage of a dangerous substance.

(3) The Authority, subject to the approval of the Minister given with the consent of the Minister for Finance, may—

(a) make agreements with any Minister of the Government, or other person for that Minister or person to perform on behalf of the Authority (with or without payment) any of its functions; or

(b) make agreements with any Minister of the Government for the Authority to perform on behalf of that Minister (with or without payment) such functions as may appropriately be performed by it in connection with its functions under this Act.

(4) The Authority shall—

(a) submit in writing to the Minister, when requested to do so by him, details of how it proposes to discharge its functions under this Act;

(b) carry out its functions in accordance with such proposals as referred to in paragraph (a) as may be approved of by the Minister;

(c) give effect to any directions in writing whether general or particular relating to its functions under this Act, given to it by the Minister; and

(d) supply to the Minister any information relating to its functions as he may from time to time require.