Launch of HSA Strategy Statement 2019-2021

HSA CompliplusThe Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, announced the launch of the Health and Safety Authority’s “Strategy Statement 2019-21”.  The new strategy focuses on delivering on the Authority’s vision of healthy, safe and productive lives and enterprises. 

 Speaking at the launch on 26th February last, Minister Breen said, “Every worker in Ireland should be able to return home safe and well at the end of the working day. With more and more people employed, and thousands of new and younger workers joining the workforce every month, it is essential that the safety and health of employees is prioritised.” 

  The HSA’s strategic priorities for 2019-21 are:

  • Increased focus on compliance through risk based enforcement and inspection.
  • Support, educate and raise awareness to prevent work-related accidents, injuries and ill health.
  • Partner and collaborate in support of healthy, safe and productive lives and enterprises.
  • Grow the national accreditation service to enable and support enterprise and public services.
  • Improve the way we work through people, processes and technology. 

Some of the key elements of the HSA’s Programme of Work 2019 include:

  • Priority sectors for 2019 will be agriculture, construction and health and social care. The HSA recognise that while agriculture and construction have always been at the forefront of the annual programmes of work, health and social care is being given a higher priority this year. This is because the health and social care sector has very high rates of nonfatal injury and absence related to hazards such as work related violence and aggression, stress and manual handling.
  • The HSA has proposed its intention to conduct return inspections to businesses that were inspected in the past three years where prohibition notices and/or improvement notices were given.
  • The HSA intends to continue to provide a full range of supports and advice to Irish companies in the run up the UK exit from the EU on 29 March 2019.
  • The value of independent accreditation will be promoted to enterprises in both the public and private sector, and the range of services provided by Irish National Accreditation Board will be expanded.

Click here to download a copy of the Health and Safety Authority’s Strategy Statement 2019-21 and accompanying Programme of Work 2019 or visit their website www.hsa.ie