Dáil Éireann - Volume 621 - 20 June, 2006
Written Answers. - Health and Safety Regulations.
Mr. O’Dowd Mr. O’Dowd
Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he, or any body under the aegis of his Department have received reports or correspondence in relation to the dangers posed to workers in the asbestos industry here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23351/06]
Mr. Killeen Mr. Killeen
Mr. Killeen:The Health and Safety Authority is the national competent authority with responsibility to enforce legislation governing the protection of workers from exposure to asbestos at work. I am informed that in this context, the Authority receives approximately 350 notifications and accompanying site specific reports and plans per year relating to asbestos at work as required by legislation, as a result of workplace inspections, and in the context of requests for advice.
I am informed that to ensure that current best practice is used to prevent and control the risk of exposure of workers to asbestos fibres at work, the Authority takes account of the latest available international research, reports, and guidance documentation in its enforcement activities.
Dáil Éireann 621 Written Answers. Health and Safety Regulations.