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Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Health and Safety Authority

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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453. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the budget allocation for the Health and Safety Authority in each of the years 2018 to 2020, in tabular form. [3191/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has a broad mandate which includes occupational health and safety, chemical safety, market surveillance and national accreditation.

In the area of occupational health and safety the Authority provides practical advice, guidance and support as well as carrying out inspections and investigations. Much of the inspection and investigation activity is evidence led with the highest levels of inspections and investigations taking place in high-risk sectors.

In relation to chemicals, the HSA provides advice and guidance as well as inspection and investigation activities.  As the lead Competent Authority under the Chemicals Acts 2008 and 2010 the HSA delivers on national objectives in relation to the evaluation, hazard identification and risk management of chemicals manufactured and used in Europe. The HSA also carries out Competent Authority functions in relation to Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH).

In addition, the HSA’s role extends into the area of market surveillance on chemical and industrial products which are placed on the Irish market to check whether they are in compliance with chemical and industrial products legislation requirements.

The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) is part of the HSA and as the national accreditation role in Ireland it assesses applicants for accreditation and accredits conformity assessment bodies.

The Exchequer funding provided to the HSA enables it to deliver effectively on its extensive mandate.

Health and Safety Authority Budget Allocation
2018 €19,275,000
2019 €19,783,000
2020 €20,502,000


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