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Inspection Blitz on Dozens of Sites for Quarry Safety Week 6 Sep 2019

Inspection Blitz on Dozens of Sites for Quarry Safety Week Friday September 6th, 2019 A workplace safety blitz is to be carried out on quarries next week by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). The Quarry Safety Week campaign from September 9th to 16th will focus on the known causes ...

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Trade Unions Preventive Agents - a good model for sectoral safety reps? 3 Sep 2019

HesaMag has piblished an interesting article in its current issue about so-called Trade Union Preventive Agents. These are trade-union-supported safety representatives who work in represent workers in SMEs with low union density. The full artcile can be downloaded here.

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HSA Report 2018 30 Aug 2019

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The HSA has published its Annual Report for 2018. 

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Over 1.4m workdays lost due to asthma 21 Aug 2019

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A report published by the Asthma Society of Ireland says nearly 1.4m workdays were lost due to asthma in 2016, at a cost to the Irish economy of nearly €200m.
 The report, Easing Economic Burden of Asthma – The Impact of a Universal Asthma Self-Management Programme, takes figures from the Healthy ...

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The value of OSH —estimating the costs of occupational injuries and diseases 9 Aug 2019

In a new report, EU-OSHA details the findings of the second part of its ‘Costs and benefits of occupational safety and health’ project. It describes two approaches to estimating the financial burden of work-related diseases, injuries and death. Cost estimations are provided for five Member States, chosen to represent Europe’s diverse ...

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The prison as a microcosm of society 29 Jul 2019

The prison as a microcosm of society The latest issue of HesaMag, the ETUI’s biannual magazine on health and safety at work, focuses on working conditions behind bars. It is not an obvious topic for HesaMag, as it goes far beyond the medical aspects of occupational health. But the aim ...

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Workers and chemicals: 15th ETUI seminar 29 Jul 2019

Workers and chemicals: 15th ETUI seminar The 15th annual ETUI seminar on chemicals and worker protection took place on 27-28 June 2019. Held in Lisbon in collaboration with the General Confederation of the Portuguese Workers (CGTP), the meeting brought together more than 40 unionists from 21 European countries. Its aim ...

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No to seasonal clock change 24 Jul 2019

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The Interdepartmental Steering Group in relation to the EU proposal to end seasonal clock changes has recommended that Ireland oppose any change to current arrangements. Congress made a submission outlining its view that a harmonised system is critical. The achievements of the successive directives which created this harmonisation should not ...

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Austria bans glyphosate 10 Jul 2019

Austria bans glyphosate On 2 July 2019, the Austrian parliament approved a complete ban on the use of glyphosate in Austria. At the initiative of the Austrian socialist party, the SPÖ, this new act bans the marketing of any herbicide containing glyphosate as its main agent. This makes Austria the ...

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New ILO convention to combat violence and harassment at work 29 Jun 2019

On 21 June 2019, the International Labour Conference adopted a new convention on violence and harassment at work. It will formally become ILO Convention 190. Complemented by a recommendation adopted that same day, the text was adopted by the tripartite conference as part of the centenary celebrations of this international ...

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The link between working conditions and neuro-degenerative diseases 26 Jun 2019

The link between working conditions and neuro-degenerative diseases Swedish researchers have just published a study reviewing the available literature and presenting a meta-analysis relating to occupational exposures and neuro-degenerative diseases. See ETUI report for further details.

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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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