smart ppe

Understanding Safety: What is smart PPE?  ANDY TILLEARD EHS Consultant EazySAFE PPE (personal protective equipment) has long been recognised as a useful tool in providing a barrier between a person and a hazard. We are all familiar with high visibility vests, hard hats and safety footwear which are probably the most common items of PPE used throughout the industry on a daily basis. Covid-19 has also raised our awareness of both PPE and RPE (respiratory protective equipment) in…

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stress at work

Hidden Anxiety, Knowing When to Take Notice   Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE Amidst the many changes taking place in society at the moment, many of us are feeling relieved and excited to begin to get back to some form of normal living again. Heading back to the office meeting colleagues face to face again, socialising somewhat normally or even travelling abroad.   Being able to do the simple things in life will make a big difference to all of our lives, so…

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Returning to Work After Pregnancy   LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond There are a number of circumstances that may be in play when a worker returns to work after pregnancy. In some circumstances, the worker may have experienced miscarriage. There is no right to miscarriage leave in Irish law, but the worker may have taken sick leave to physically recover. Many employers offer miscarriage or bereavement leave to parents who experience this kind of…

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Risk Assessment GEMMA COLLINS DOYLE EHS Consultant EazySAFE We hear the term risk assessments bandied about all the time regarding health and safety. However, from my experience, many people are unaware of how important they are, what they are and how they really are the foundation of ensuring you are adhering to health and safety legislation and maintaining your health and safety management system.   In simple terms, a risk assessment is a thorough examination of what, in a workplace, could cause harm,…

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Employee engagement

Employee Engagement JENNY COLLINS EHS Consultant EazySAFE It has been over a year since the Irish Government enforced social distancing measures to control the spread of COVID-19. Overnight, our lives had changed, we were forced to adapt, to create a new way of living to regain stability and cope with the demands of this novel situation fueled with uncertainty (Kelly et al., 2014). This included a work from home arrangement where employers had to manage…

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I am still learning

Learning for Wellbeing Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE The concept of lifelong learning is something that many of us have heard of but few have embraced. For a lot of people, the completion of formal education was a transition from a life phase of learning to one of career and work. Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Although employees engage with Continuous Professional Development, many see it as an obligation rather than an opportunity to…

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Planning Your Return to work JENNY COLLINS EHS Consultant EazySAFE The Irish Government have issued an easing of COVID-19 restrictions with a phased return to the office, emphasising flexibility from 20 September 2021. This brings a lot of consideration and yet more change for Organisations. COVID-19 forced a mandatory ‘work from home’ arrangement from March 2020. Overnight, employers and employees had to create new ways of working and engaging from a distance, to regain autonomy…

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Returning to the Workplace GEMMA COLLINS DOYLE EHS Consultant EazySAFE Did the title of this article fill you with fear or excitement? The answer will give you a good insight as to how the general working population is feeling about the eventual full return to the workplace.  Almost 2 years later and so many employees are still working from home. For many other employees, not much changed, as their job cannot be done from home and they have…

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Outline of Global Sustainability in OHS ANDY TILLEARD EHS Consultant EazySAFE What is sustainability?  A common definition for sustainability, in general, is to ensure that we have "…ability to meet the needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs." It fundamentally relates to the available resources that we have and how we optimise these for today and tomorrow. It is an issue that has a history; for example,…

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electrical safety

Basic Electrical Safety in the Workplace  Gemma Doyle EHF Consultant EazySAFE We use electricity every day, all day! There are practically zero occupations in the world that do not expose employees to electricity. Sometimes we can forget how dangerous electricity can be if it is not respected and if it is not maintained correctly. You can’t smell it. You can’t taste it, can’t see it, which makes it deadly.  The workplace has a multitude of…

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