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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 loss. …

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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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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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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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Back to School with Wellbeing in Mind Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE Many of us are beginning to feel the inevitable end of summer anxiety, which brings with it the return to school for thousands of families all over the country. After what has been an extremely challenging time for many of us including our children, we return to school again this year with the same Covid restrictions as the last.  Although the additional health and safety…

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the 4 days week

The Four Days Week Phenomenon LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond The Four Day Work Week is a revolutionary shift in how we look at our working lives. It alters the entire institution of work, and gives employees a day back each week. Studies have shown when workplaces move to a Four Day Work Week, that stress among employees decreases as satisfaction with work-life balance increases.(1) The principle behind the idea is that workers attend…

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psychological capital

Psychological Capital, an Opportunity to Enhance Employee Wellbeing.  Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE As we slowly return to the normality we used to know pre Covid, the news we are hearing is often ambiguous but sometimes hopeful. With this, many people will be returning to the office over the coming months. Although some will welcome this others will be reluctant for various reasons, however, for leaders it is an opportunity to review one of the most important factors in employee wellbeing…

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fatigue in the workplace

Fatigue in the Workplace? ANDY TILLEARD EHS Consultant EazySAFE Many day-to-day hazards are easy to identify in the workplace; workplace vehicles, chemicals, noise and many others have physical characteristics which make them easy to recognise and assess. However, fatigue is a workplace hazard that is not always so easy to identify, but it can be present in the workplace all of the time to varying degrees and be embedded into the organisation's management and workforce. What makes…

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