OHS Training Requirements
13/06/2018 - On June 12th 2018 Elaine Bowers OHS Service Executive, ran a webinar on OHS Training Requirements. The webinar was well attended with approximately 100 members signing in. The objectives of the webinar were to clarify main OHS Training Requirements, define competency in relation to OHS , provide basic guidance on retention of training records. The webinar raised a number of questions from our members. Detailed below are some of the questions and the answers given from the Ibec health and safety team.
Remote Working Considerations
15/05/2018 - Information and communications technologies have revolutionised every day work and life. In many companies, the work/life boundary has become increasingly fluid; with employees regularly working from home or other atypical work spaces, working during their transit to work and outside of regular work hours. This has positive and negative implications for companies and the working population. From an Occupational Health perspective, it makes the working arrangement more difficult to control but it does not remove the employer’s duty of care to the employee. From a HR perspective, it requires the employer to consider how to apply company policies to persons not physically present in the work place.
Remote Working: Your Questions Answered
21/02/2018 - As technology and workforce demands change, employees are increasingly working in non-standard work environments. Some of these arrangements are formal but most are informal in nature and vary significantly depending on the circumstances. A webinar was held on the 6th February to provide guidance to companies on this topic. A selection of queries posed by webinar attendees are listed below.
Safety Statement guidance
23/01/2018 - Ibec's January 2018 OHS Webinar focused on the subject of Safety Statements. Every company is legally obliged to review and update their Safety Statement in 2018 (as part of their annual review). The aim of the Webinar was to go back to basics on the subject and also to review the online tool that is available from the Health and Safety Authority (BeSMART).
Managing Intoxicants in the Workplace: an OHS Perspective
11/12/2017 - One of the most contentious issues associated with managing intoxicants can be the Testing Programme. Many companies have included the provision for testing in their Policy but actually don’t do it in practice. This becomes an issue when an employer implements testing when a suspicion has arisen and the process is not well followed which can then be challenged at a later date.
Safety Statements- Where to Start?
21/09/2017 - The Safety Statement is a written programme that describes how they manage safety, health and welfare in the workplace. The legal reference is Section 20 of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005. This requirement applies to every company with more than three employees.
When a Health and Safety Inspector calls
10/07/2017 - “When a H.S.A inspector calls” was the theme of a recent Ibec webinar. Over 500 members signed up to the June 2017 webinar. The session covered health and safety law in relation to the Health and Safety Authority, the powers granted to inspectors, reasons why an inspector could call to your premises and the actions of an inspector.
Managing Health and Safety of Oversea Travel
22/05/2017 - Employers have a basic legal obligation to take reasonable care for the safety health and welfare of their employees. Sending an employee overseas on company business brings with it its own specific hazards and risks.
Manual Handling Risk Assessment
01/02/2017 - Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 –2016, Manual Handling of Loads a manual handling risk assessment must be carried out by a competent person in consultation with employees and must identify the specific aspects or part of the operation that could increase the risk of an injury to employees.
Homeworkers / Teleworkers / E-workers
03/10/2016 - It is not unusual for employees to carry out some of their work at home. Employers need to be aware of their duties under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 to ensure the safety of these employees.
Display Screen Equipment Risk Assessment
10/08/2016 - Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 –Display Screen Equipment habitual users are entitled to have their workstation risk assessed to evaluate possible risks which may give rise to visual or physical difficulties or to mental stress.
10/08/2016 - Would you know what to do in the event of a Health and Safety Inspector calling to your business? If not the following pointers will help you to be prepared in the event that an inspector does arrive on your doorstep.
Night workers and shift workers
05/08/2016 - The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Night Work and Shift Work specifically covers the risks to an employee from night work and / or shift work.
Carbon monoxide poisoning
26/02/2016 - Carbon monoxide (CO) is a common preventable cause of morbidity and mortality from poisoning worldwide. The incomplete combustion of organic materials, such as fossil fuels is a common environmental source of this gas. CO is produced by faulty appliances burning fossil fuels such as oil, wood, gas, and petrol.Over the years, many deaths have been caused by one of the above events arising in homes or businesses throughout the country.