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Regulations are made under the HSE Act:

  • To set minimum standards for the management of particular hazards where alternative control measures are not always effective;
  • To deal with administrative matters provided for in the Act (such as appointment of inspectors); and
  • To elaborate on some general duties in the Act.

Where a regulation exists, its requirements are mandatory.

However, while regulations must be complied with, the overriding responsibility is to comply with the duties set out in the Act, and there may be instances where this involves taking further steps than meeting the regulations.

Regulations made under the HSE Act can be grouped into four main categories: