New Health and Safety Regulations

Date published: 11 March 2022



New Regulations

The Department for the Economy has, on 11 March 2022, made a Statutory Rule entitled "The Employer's Liability (Compulsory Insurance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022" (S.R. 2022 No. 101) (ELCI 2022).

The Regulations, which are made under Articles 7(c) and 10 of the Employer’s Liability (Defective Equipment and Compulsory Insurance) (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 (“the 1972 Order”) subject to the negative resolution procedure, will come into operation on 1 April 2022.

The Rule will introduce a new Schedule to be substituted for Schedule 2 to the Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999 (S.R. 1999 No. 448) (“the 1999 Regulations”), which specifies those employers exempted from employer’s liability insurance under the 1972 Order.  It updates the existing Schedule by adding the Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse, the Construction Industry Training Board, and the Victims’ Payments Board to the exemptions.

The 1999 Regulations were made under the 1972 Order, which requires most employers to insure against liability for injury or disease suffered by their employees arising out of their employment.

The Rule also revokes the Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2019 (S.R. 2019 No. 205).

The requirement for eligible businesses to obtain Employer's Liability Compulsory Insurance (ELCI) is enforced by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

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