09:15-09:30 Introduction and opening remarks

Seminar Chair, Dr. Michael Gillen, Senior Executive, Ibec BioPharmaChem Ireland

09:30-10:15 Lessons Learned from the last 2 years

Speakers: Michael Gillen, Senior Executive, Ibec BioPharmaChem Ireland and Elaine Bowers, Senior OHS Services Executive, Ibec

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) was put under a sharp focus during the pandemic. Organisations that never perceived themselves as having health and safety concerns suddenly found they needed assistance like never before. In parallel, organisations with strong Safety Management Systems were learning to adapt to these new working practices. This session will share some of the key lessons learned from these two perspectives.

10:15-11:00 Challenges faced by Employers: Dealing with Reluctance to return and fitness to attend the Workplace: An OHS Solution

Panel Discussion. Ruth Heenan, Employer Relations Executive, Ibec, James Cleary, Employer Relations Executive, Ibec, Dr Robert Ryan, Occupational Physician, Medmark

  • Employee reluctance or refusal to return
  • Frequently asked ER/IR queries in this area
  • Dealing with nervousness and building confidence
  • Occupational Health perspective on reluctance return to workplace and fitness to attend
  • Managing Long Covid

11:00 -11:30 Break

11:30 - 12:00 Managing Hybrid Working in your organisation

Speakers: Ruth Heenan, Employer Relations Executive, Ibec and Claire Hellen, HR Strategy Specialist, Ibec

  • Key considerations for implementing Hybrid working - HR and employment law
  • Health and Safety aspects of hybrid working
  • The Hybrid Working Policy Embedding hybrid working in your organisation

12:00 - 12:30 Understanding the roles and responsibilities of Managers and Directors of organisations in the area of Occupational Health and Safety and Case Law

Speaker: Deirdre O’Mahony, Litigation Partner, Arthur Cox

Review of case law and practice to illustrate what actions can be taken when an organisation fails to manage Occupational Health and Safety responsibilities correctly.

  • Lessons from case law
  • What are the critical elements for employers to be aware of, and to implement
  • Roles and responsibilities of Managers and Directors

12:30 - 13:00 Questions and Answers

13:00 -14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 ‘Overloaded’ -Managing Overload in the New World of Work

Speaker: Annette Tierney, Managing Director, Theatre at Work

Inspired by an Irish incident this case-study explores how failings in judgement, and failure to uphold a safe system of work, can lead to a workplace fatality. You will meet an operative and his manager, both of whom are hard-working and well-intentioned. Yet through their actions, and inaction, play key roles in events that lead to the incident and disastrous consequences for their colleague. Through live interaction and facilitated discussion we explore how factors line up, behaviours merge and signals are missed leading to tragic consequences for a hard-working family man whose ‘death has cast a shadow over the company forever’.

  • Develop greater appreciation of the perceptions, attitudes, choices and behaviours that contribute to a culture of safety
  • Gain insights into the influence of change, pressure and workplace stress on judgement and safe practices
  • Examine your own role in creating and maintaining a safe culture in the new working world

15:30 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 16:15 The Impact of a Pandemic on the World of Work: the psychological fallout

Speaker: Patricia Murray, Organisational Psychologist, Health and Safety Authority

  • What we have learnt from the last 2 years – general insights
  • What has been the main impact on people at work and organisational behaviour
  • What does the future of work look like from a ‘human factors’ perspective?

16:15 – 16:45 Questions and Answers

  • Closing remarks
  • Key take aways

16:45 Close



Start Date May 12, 2022
Time 09:15
Duration 7.5 hours
Delegate Price Member
€295 (+VAT),
€365 (+VAT)
Location Online
Contact ibecacademy@ibec.ie