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PF2 Ph4

Date: January 2018




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Safety, Health and Welfare at Act 2005


Data Protection Act 1988


Freedom of information Act 2014


Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000

















Throughout the course of this
portfolio, I intend to expand my knowledge on the following topics:

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Legislation

Data Protection Legislation

Freedom of Information Legislation

Copyright and Related Rights Legislation

I plan to harness this information,
and state how it is relevant to my Network Technician/Electrician
Apprenticeship and how it affects me on a daily basis. I am currently serving
my time with ESB Networks and I am involved in various roles within the company
which I am rotated between on a quarterly basis. These areas include overhead
construction, undergrounds, 38/110kv stations and Areas; which deals with supplier
calls and faults on the network. I will explain how the above headings are
relevant within my day to day duties.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

Prior to 1989, there was no
legislation within the country detailing the do’s and don’ts of health and
safety. As the economy began to flourish towards the end of the 80’s, the government
decided that it was time to set boundaries on what people could do within the
workplace and so the HSA (Health Safety Authority) was established under the
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work 1989 (HSA 2018).

The above table illustrates just
how many people have been killed due to electricity over the ten year span
electricity over a 10 year period from 1996 to 2016. This shows that even
though the safety health and welfare at work act was in place, accidents do
happen. However since the new Safety Health and Welfare at work Act 2005 was
introduced the number of fatalities has reduced greatly (HSA Electrical
Fatalities 2005)

The New SHAWW Act 2005 is divided
into 6 sections and forms the foundation of all subsequent regulations and
forms the basis of most actions which can be brought against persons and
companies in the court of law. (Class Notes, Rice 2018).

This piece of legislation provides
information on the HSA, outlines the key objectives which the SHAWW Act hopes
to accomplish and sets out the duties of an employer within the workplace. The
employer must provide a safe workplace with safe machinery and equipment along
with helping to enforce and ensure Safety health and welfare to his employees.
The employer is obliged to complete a risk assessment/ safety statement for
each site and provide welfare facilities for all of his employees. It is his/her
responsibility to prepare and update any relevant emergency procedures. They
must provide training for all employees and report any incidents to the Health
and Safety Authority. (HSA 2018)

It also details the duties which an
employee must conform to. Employees can face charges for breaking health and
safety laws for not adhering to relevant safety rules and approved procedures.
It is their duty to co-operate with employers and other staff. They mustn’t take
any chances to endanger their lives or the lives of others. They must inform
their employer if they feel that what they are being asked to do is dangerous. They
must ensure that they are responsible for their own use of safety equipment,
attend training and use PPE where provided and required. (HSA 2018)

Within the ESB (Electricity Supply
Board), Health and safety plays a major role in our day to day exploits. There
are many safety procedures put in place which include completing a Job Site
Safety Plan (JSSP), before any work commences on site, issuing each member of
staff with a cop of the ESB Safety Rules, and proving training courses and
issuing various approvals before a member of staff can complete certain tasks.