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Reducing the risk of Covid 19 in the workplace 12 Jul 2021

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  Measure to keep Covid-19 from spreading in the workplace have been set out in a series of posters and short videos issued by the Department of  Enterprise, Trade, and Employment. These include advice on how to wash hands, the use of face coverings, also physical distancing in offices, manufacturing ...

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Return to Work Safely update 23 Nov 2020

The Return to Work Safely protocol has been updated and is available on our resources page.

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HSA Annual Report for 2019 just published 7 Nov 2020

The key takeaway figures from the HSA’s Annual Report 2019, which was published this week are: The Authority carried out 10,302 inspections, up from 9,830 the previous year  Completed 21 prosecutions, compared to 15 in 2018 Enforcement action was taken in 68% of inspections/investigations.      The HSA Annual Report 2019 is structured around ...

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Oireachtas Committee calls for more HSA inspectors and Covid-19 to be a reportable illness 2 Oct 2020

The Oireachtas Covid-19 special committee, which issued its final report last week, has called for Covid-19 to be a reportable disease under health and safety regulations and for more inspectors for the HSA. The Committee was established by an order of the Dail in early May to consider and take ...

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13,000 Inspections since May 1 Sep 2020

According to the september issue of Health & Safety Review, nearly 13,000 Covid-19 inspections were carried out between May 18th to the week ending August 24th, while Department of Health figures show an alarming increase in workplace clusters in the last week. The figures for Covid-19 inspections from the Department ...

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Pressure to make Covid-19 a reportable illness intensifies 28 Aug 2020

Pressure to make Covid-19 a reportable illness intensifies The calls for Covid-19 to be made a reportable illness under health and safety legislation has intensified, with TDs from across the political spectrum questioning the legal basis for refusing to do so. These concerns were first voiced by ICTU general secretary ...

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EU Chemicals Legislation Finder 8 Apr 2020

A new online service has been launched by the European Chemicals Agency, to make it easier for companies to understand which pieces of chemicals legislation they may need to comply with. The EU Chemicals Legislation Finder (EUCLEF) provides access to a free-of-charge overview of 40 pieces of EU chemicals legislation. ...

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Congress solidarity with our front-line and essential workers 7 Apr 2020

The General Purposes Committee of Congress, meeting on April 7th, has issued a statement of support for front-line and essential workers and called for a uniform approach to Covid-19 across the island of Ireland. Read details here.

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Validity of Safe Pass cards extended 3 Apr 2020

The Government has signed a regulation extending the validity of Safe Pass cards during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 102/2020) provide that arising from the cessation of SOLAS Safe Pass training during the COVID-19 emergency, where the ...

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New Guidance on Nanomaterials 2 Apr 2020

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Guidance on working safely with manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) has been issued by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.  This Guidance document offers an overview of the issues surrounding the safe use of MNMs in the workplace, sets out the broad outlines of preventive action and provides ...

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Information and Resources on COVID-19 31 Mar 2020

This is a list of relevant links on Covid-19 that may be useful to trade unions and safety representatives has been added to the Links Section of this site. 

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COVID-19 Links 30 Mar 2020

A list of links to resources and information about Covd-19 is now available at on our Links Page    

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List of essential services published 28 Mar 2020

  The list of essential services whose workers can still attend work has been published Essential Workers

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Essential Retail Outlets 28 Mar 2020

The updated list (March 27th) of essential retail outlets is now available at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/625292-updated-list-of-essential-retail-outlets-27th-march-2020/    

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People urged not to leave their homes 27 Mar 2020

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Health, Simon Harris, have issued strict guidelines for people to stay at home from midnight tonight (Friday). The main rule is to STAY AT HOME. The only times you can leave your home are: to travel to or from work if you are ...

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