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Covid-19 Lead Worker Representative Training Course

Duration: 2.5 hoursCourse Description: It is paramount that all industries operating during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ensure they are protecting and informing their workforce and minimising the risk of spread of infection. This Virtual Training course will inform the trainee of the role of the Lead Worker Representative and with the Government, HSE and HSA […]

Bullied employee who was penalised awarded €16,000

A cleaning operative, who complained that he was bullied by his supervisor and then penalised for those complaints by being transferred to lower-paid employment, has been awarded €16,000 by the Workplace Relations Commission. The operative said he experienced difficulties with his immediate supervisor, contending he was bullied for over a year. He worked for his […]

Sprinkler system damaged when struck by pallet truck

A general operative, who transported materials and finished products between sections of a manufacturing plant, was given a verbal warning when the pallet truck he was operating accidently struck the sprinkler system, causing damage. An investigation followed. The operative spoke to his team leader and the health and safety officer, giving his “his side of […]

Key role for HSA in Government’s return to work plans

As the Government, with employers and trade unions, strives to get agreement on a national return to work protocol, the HSA has been assigned the key role in the protection of workers’ health and safety. The Government’s Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business states the national protocol is being finalised by the Government, employers and […]

HSA publishes Covid-19 response plan template and checklists

The HSA has published a Covid-19 Response Plan Template and seven checklists to guide employers and workers on what they need to do to comply with the Government’s Return to Work Safely Protocol. The Response Plan template commences with a model policy statement and then sets out three further steps employers should take:Designating responsible persons […]

Return to Work Safely Protocol launched

The ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’, launched Saturday, May 9, is “designed to support employers and workers to put measures in place that will prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace”. It is designed for when the economy begins to slowly open up, following the temporary closure of most businesses during the worst phase […]

The Return to Work Safely Protocol: a checklist

Speaking at the launch of the Return to Work Safely Protocol last Saturday, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, after some introductory remarks, said the Protocol is mandatory and that the HSA will enforce compliance. Minister Humphreys said the Protocol sets the minimum standards which the HSA will enforce, adding later in […]

Forklift operator dismissed for H&S complaints awarded €82,500

A forklift truck operator, who was dismissed without notice, has been awarded €82,531 by a Workplace Relations Commission adjudication officer, who found she had been penalised for making a health and safety complaint. In May 2019, the forklift operator was told by her manager to attend a meeting in the office. At the meeting, the […]

Working from home FAQ’s

Many employees may be wondering about the implications of working from home are. The following article and FAQs written have been written to assist employees, and their employers, with the facilitation of home working. Some advantages to working from home: Flexible schedule. Custom environment. Cozy clothes. It’s easier to make calls. Knock off some weekend […]

Over 300 major trauma injuries work-related

A report by the National Office for Clinical Audit found that over 300 major trauma injuries in 2018 were connected to workplaces. Of the 5,429 major trauma accidents recorded in Ireland in 2018, 4% occurred on farms and 2% in industrial settings. The figures are published in the Major Trauma Audit National Report 2018. Major […]