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EU OSHA 25th Birthday 5 Jun 2019

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EU OSHA celebrated it's 25th Anniversary with a celebration in Bilbao. The Irish contingent included representatives of Congress, Ibec, the HSA and the government.

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Health and Safety Authority launches free Asbestos for Tradespeople awareness-raising online course 15 May 2019

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Health and Safety Authority launches free Asbestos for Tradespeople awareness-raising online course 15th May 2019 The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) today (15th May) launched a free short on-line course aimed at assisting tradespeople who may encounter asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the course of their work. It can be accessed ...

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Workers' Memorial Day National Commemoration 29 Apr 2019

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A national commemorative event for Workers' Memorial Day was attended by over 80 people. Held at the Milestone Gallery at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, an audience of trade unionists, employers and representatives of the HSA heard a number of reflections on the theme which had been adopted which was Women's Contribution ...

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Workers' Memorial Day video 25 Apr 2019

Frank Vaughan of Congress speaks about the purpose of Workers' Memorial Day on April 28th.  

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Craft Group Memorial for Workers' Memorial Day 24 Apr 2019

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The Craft Group of Unions in Dublin City Council arranged for the planting of a commemorative tree for Workers' Memorial Day. The tree was planted in the wonderfully upgraded St Audeon's Park in central Dublin.

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Jail Sentence for trawler skipper 16 Apr 2019

The skipper of a fishing vessel was given a six-month jail sentence after a court heard that a crewman, who was not wearing a life jacket, drowned when he fell overboard.
 While in the past jail sentences have been imposed, they have always been suspended. The suspended sentences have ranged ...

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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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