Category: Occupational Health & Safety

Importance of Safety on Farms & the Next Farm Safety Action Plan

Environment

In the last decade alone, there have been almost 200 deaths on Irish farms. Today, farm safety is one of the most prominent issues in the agricultural and farming sector. More than 1000 injuries occur on farms annually. Even though a very small proportion of the total workforce in Ireland…

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United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 2015 (SDGs)

Corporate Social Responsibility

After years of debates and discussions, 193 countries agreed to develop a set of Global Goals in 2015. It was a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that everyone lives in a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable environment. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a…

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ISO 45001 – An Update on the Health & Safety Standard

ISO Standards

The publication date for ISO 45001, the Occupational Health and Safety management system standard is now likely to be February 2018.  Once released it will replace OHSAS 18001:2007. This new voluntary standard currently under development will help organisations around the world improve their health and safety performance by creating a…

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History of Health & Safety in the UK

Occupational Health & Safety

Health and Safety is a relatively recent and modern area of interest. Health and Safety legislation in place today arose from many labour movements over the last 200 years. Read on to learn more about the history of H&S legislation in the UK. Sources British Safety Council HSE.gov.uk  

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Importance of RoHS Directive Highlighted by £33m Product Withdrawals

Occupational Health & Safety

Figures released by the National Measurement and Regulation Office (NMRO) show that in 2015/2016 up to £33m worth of products were removed from the UK market. In all, 146,182 individual items were scrapped, modified for legal sale or shipped back out of the country in 2015/16. These ranged from a…

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How Safe is Your Organisation?

Compliance Management

The second Draft International Standard (DIS2) of ISO 45001 is expected to be released for comment in January 2017. With a global focus on this new international standard for Occupational Health and Safety, we decided to have a look at some Health and Safety statistics for Ireland and the UK…

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The Great Vape Debate

Occupational Health & Safety

The smoking ban was introduced into enclosed Irish workplaces on 29 March 2004. It was, in my opinion, one of the most radical and progressive health measures taken by an Irish government. The norm prior to that was smoke filled work rooms, especially bars and places of entertainment, but also…

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European Safety Week: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages

Occupational Health & Safety

European Safety Week runs from the 24th to the 28th of October 2016. The 2016/17 campaign runs with the “Healthy Workplaces for All Ages” theme with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of a sustainable working life. According to Eurostat, each year more than 5,000 people lose their…

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