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©Psychological Safety : Employers Obligation : to ensure Psychological Safety in the Workplace

Updated: Mar 5, 2023

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005. This act sets out the broad framework of obligations and responsibilities imposed on employers and employees in the workplace in Ireland. The Act obliges employers to do everything reasonably practicable to ensure the safety, welfare and health of his employees.

Employer's obligations

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (as amended) employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees in the workplace.

Under section 8 of the Act your employer is required to “prevent any improper conduct or behaviour likely to put the safety, health and welfare of employees at risk”.

Under the Code of Practice for Employers and Employees on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work, your employer must:

· Take reasonable steps to prevent bullying in the workplace

· Have an anti-bullying policy for dealing with complaints of bullying (see Appendix 1 of the Code: How to prepare an anti-bullying policy)

· Develop the anti-bullying policy in consultation with employees

· Prepare a Safety Statement based on an assessment of the risk of bullying

The code also sets out detailed procedure for dealing with formal and informal complaints

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