Category Archives: Health and Safety Updates

New HSA Guide for Contractors and Project Supervisors

The Health and Safety Authority have published a new Guidance Document titled “Carrying out Construction Work on Private Domestic Dwellings, Guide for Contractors and Project Supervisors”. It is aimed at giving clear guidance to those affected by the new Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013. These new Regulations now include a Domestic [...]

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Change in NI Asbestos Regulations to affect Non-Licensable Work

“The Control of Asbestos Regulations (NI) 2012 came into force on Monday 28th May 2012, updating previous asbestos regulations to take account of the European Commission’s view that the UK had not fully implemented the EU Directive on exposure to asbestos (Directive 2009/148/EC). This creates a new category of asbestos work namely Notifiable Non-Licensed Work [...]

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New First Aid at Work Guidance for N.I. Employers

“The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is making changes to the first aid at work (FAW) training regime to make it more flexible – saving businesses time and money without compromising health and safety. The new guidance which came into effect on September 1st 2011, will see the mandatory four day FAW [...]

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Health and Safety and the Self Employed, Does it apply to me? Facts and Fiction

Fact: Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, a Self Employed Person is considered both an Employer and his/her own Employee – both have legal responsibilities for health and safety. The Act places responsibility for occupational health and safety on all stakeholders of a Business and allocates specific duties to the following [...]

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Prevention of Sharps Injuries in Healthcare

The Health and Safety Authority has published a new Information Leaflet to highlight control measures required in the healthcare setting to prevent sharps injuries occurring. The leaflet is available for Free Download at this link: http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_and_Forms/Publications/Information_Sheets/Prevention_of_Sharps_Injuries_in_Healthcare.html Please contact us for more information and assistance in managing health and safety in your Healthcare workplace.

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Managing Safety in Post Primary Schools

The Health and Safety Authority has published two new documents to help manage health and safety in Post Primary Schools. According the the HSA, “the guidelines are a management tool intended to offer guidance and practical advice to assist schools in planning, organising and managing a safe and healthy school environment for staff, pupils and [...]

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Safe T Cert recognised in Public Procurement Rules

“Safe-T-Cert, the health and safety management system developed by the CIF and the Northern Ireland Construction Employers Federation, for the construction industry, has now being granted recognised status as a health and safety management system by the Department of Finance. In a move to simplify the tendering process for public sector contracts, the Department of [...]

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Self Employed – Does Health and Safety apply to me?

The Self Employed or the “one man band” more often than not, assumes that Health and Safety does not apply to him or her. Not true. Self Employed persons are actually both an Employer and an Employee. Both of these roles have a legal responsibility for health and safety under the Safety Health and Welfare [...]

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NI motorists offered speed awareness courses

“Motorists in Northern Ireland who break the speed limit are to be offered the chance to avoid a fine and three penalty points on their licence if they agree to undertake speed awareness courses. The initiative is being introduced in an attempt to reduce the number of drivers killed on the roads every year. In [...]

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Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Anchors

The HSA (Health and Safety Authority) have published a New “Code of Practice for the Design and Installation of Anchors” which came into effect on May 17th 2010. According to the HSA, “The aim of this code of practice is to provide practical guidance to designers, specifiers and installers of metal anchors on the requirements [...]

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