Getting started


Good practice in health and safety is good for your business – and it's the law. Managing health and safety can be a little daunting at first, but introducing practices that keep people safe doesn’t have to be complicated and your business will not only be safer, it will be one that can develop and thrive well into the future. HSENI is here to save you time and effort with online advice, useful resources to download and access to our free and confidential health and safety advisory and information services.


All employers in Northern Ireland have a legal duty to:

  • make the workplace safe and eliminate or control risks to health
  • ensure plant and machinery are safe and that safe systems of work are set and followed
  • ensure articles and substances are moved, stored and used safely
  • provide adequate welfare facilities
  • give workers the information, instruction, training and supervision necessary for their health and safety
  • consult workers on health and safety matters

Getting started

To start with you will need to think about the following:

  • health and safety policy
  • risk assessment
  • information to display
  • business start-up pack


Key legislation

Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed by subsequent legislation.