Draft All-Terrain Vehicle (Quad Bike) Regulations

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 places an obligation on the Health and Safety Authority to keep relevant statutory provisions under review, and to submit to the Minister any proposals it considers appropriate. Before submitting legislative proposals to the Minister, the Act states that the Authority must consult with persons or bodies that appear to be appropriate having regard to the proposals.

The Health and Safety Authority hereby requests comments and observations by written submission on; Draft Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2019.

The overall objective of these amending Regulations is to reduce the level of death and serious injury associated with the use of sit astride ATV's in the workplace by providing a specific legal requirement for the wearing of head protection and for the attainment of professional training by operators of ATV's, more commonly known as Quad Bikes. The Authority is conducting a broad consultation process and requests submissions from across all sectors that may be affected. All interested parties are invited to provide their views in writing to the Authority as part of this consultation process. The proposed amending regulations are being brought directly to the attention of a range of stakeholders particularly in the agriculture and forestry sectors and more broadly to those within the land-based & utilities sectors whom may have a particular interest in ATV safety.

Regulatory Impact Analysis

The text of the associated Regulatory Impact Analysis may be accessed at the following link: BM289-05 (ii) ATV Regulations RIA.pdf


Individuals, businesses or organisations, can make a consultation submission, by clicking on this Link. It would be helpful if respondents set out the reasons for views expressed and provide evidence that may be relevant in support of those views.

The closing date for receiving submissions is 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 29 November 2019

Freedom of Information

Attention is drawn to the fact that the Authority is subject to the Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection legislation and any information provided to the Authority may be disclosed in response to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2014. Therefore, please identify where any information provided is to be considered commercially sensitive and specify the reason for its sensitivity. For further details of the Authority's consultation process please see https://consultation.hsa.ie/consultation-process/.

If you have any queries, please contact: pat_griffin@hsa.ie

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