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Brexit Overview Information Sheet 18 Feb 2019

  The HSA has published a new Information Sheet giving an overview of some of the relevant issues raised by Brexit. For products placed on the Irish market post-Brexit, EU legislation will apply and Irish companies may have new or additional obligations arising from the UK departure. It can be ...

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EU-OSHA working hand in hand with EU legislation 14 Feb 2019

In its 25th anniversary year, EU-OSHA reflects on the significance of the 1989 Framework Directive on Safety and Health at Work and looks forward to supporting a more recent initiative to make Europe’s workplaces safer and healthier: the European Pillar of Social Rights. Join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Framework ...

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HSA Brexit Site 7 Feb 2019

The HSA has a continuing series of seminars around the country and a section of its site now dedicated to Brexit and various associated issues. The web pages are at https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Topics/Brexit/  

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€500,000 fine for Harrington Concrete and Quarries ULC 6 Feb 2019

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Judge Rory McCabe at Castlebar Circuit Court,  imposed a fine of €500,000 on Harrington Concrete and Quarries ULC for three separate breaches of health and safety legislation. The company, Harrington Concrete and Quarries ULC, had earlier pleaded guilty to three offences under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act ...

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EU-OSHA's Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign 30 Jan 2019

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A good starting point for engaging people with the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign is the campaign video. It gives a visual, user-friendly and comprehensive overview of the topic and information on exposure and how it can be prevented. The video also presents facts and figures and is subtitled in EU ...

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New data on exposure to dangerous substances at work 22 Jan 2019

New data on exposure to dangerous substances at work This publication describes the development of new methods to assess the number of workers exposed to dangerous substances in the EU and the extent of that exposure. The study aimed to identify the substances and sectors that pose the greatest risks ...

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Figures issued by the Health and Safety Authority show a 23% decline in work related fatalities in 2018 8 Jan 2019

8th January 2018 Figures released by the Health and Safety Authority today (Tuesday 8th January) show that 37 people were killed in work related accidents in 2018, a decline of 23% on 2017 and the lowest figure since the establishment of the Authority in 1989. The farming sector, which has ...

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New Code for Scaffolding 1 Jan 2019

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A new Code of Practice for Access and Working Scaffolding has been published by the HSA. The aim of this Code of Practice is to provide practical guidance to scaffold erectors, contractors and users of scaffolding on the requirements and prohibitions set out in the relevant statutory provisions. The guideance ...

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Trade union networks: a response to occupational health in small firms? 17 Dec 2018

Trade union networks: a response to occupational health in small firms? The results of a project on best practices for organising worker representation for health and safety were presented at a seminar organised in Brussels on 29 November. This seminar allowed trade union activists to describe their day-to-day experiences in ...

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Revised Guidelines on Managing Safety, Health and Welfare in Post-Primary Schools issued to all schools 12 Dec 2018

Revised guidance for schools on managing workplace safety, health and welfare has been published and issued to all post-primary schools in the country. The updated Guidelines on Managing Safety, Health and Welfare in Post-Primary Schools are the outcome of a joint project undertaken by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), ...

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Women, work and cancer – why is the link not being recognized? 6 Dec 2018

  Cancer is the leading cause of work-related mortalities in the EU and is responsible for 100,000 unnecessary deaths a year. Yet most research and policy on its causes and prevention still assume that it is mainly men who are affected, even though an increasing proportion of the victims are ...

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8% of EU cancer is work related 4 Dec 2018

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A book launched today claims that 8% of all cancer cases are work-related: making up 12% of cancer cases among men and 7% of cancer cases among women.   The book was published by the ETUI and launched at a conference in Brussels today on women and cancer. Opening the ...

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Working in the digital future — safety and health in 2025 29 Nov 2018

Working in the digital future — safety and health in 2025 The final results of EU-OSHA’s foresight project on the increasing digitalisation of work and the associated challenges for occupational safety and health (OSH) are now available in a new report. Artificial intelligence, collaborative robots, virtual and augmented reality, online ...

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Stress doubles for workers 27 Nov 2018

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The ESRI has published a report showing that work-related stress in Ireland has doubled between 2010 and 2015.

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Gig economy workers are more exposed to driving risks 21 Nov 2018

13/11/2018 To understand how safety is taken into account in driving, riding or cycling for work, European Transport Safety Council conducted a study with workers engaged in gig economy. These workers are currently regarded as self-employed and in most cases carry out the responsibility of health and safety management themselves. ...

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