VDU Assessment - Are You Sitting Comfortably? GEMMA COLLINS DOYLE EHS Consultant EazySAFE   One of my favourite parts of my job, as a health and safety consultant, is carrying out VDU assessments for people. Why? Because a difference can be made almost immediately! Such simple changes can help people sit more comfortably, ease any pain they are experiencing and create a better working environment. What are the legal requirements? Many employees or even employers…

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Safe, Seen and Supported. Highlighting Mental Health in the Workplace.  Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE On World Mental Health day, it is important that we stop and reflect on the significance of such a day. A day when what was once a hidden and stigmatised topic are encouraged to be discussed in all walks of life. It is fantastic that such a day exists and that the conversation is becoming normalised. However mental health awareness…

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Company Culture in Hybrid Workplace ? Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE As we finally begin to return to normality and regain most of our personal freedoms, its also time for many people to begin the return to the office. For some this will be a welcome development, others will feel stressed and anxious about returning to the workplace. After such a prolonged period away from colleagues, it will be challenging for many to return to…

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Understanding Safety: How to Approach Worker Consultation ANDY TILLEARD EHS Consultant EazySAFE Worker consultation is a legal requirement within Irish health and safety legislation so that employers can carry out their duties in law to communicate workplace hazards and to promote occupational health and safety. Communications is a key component of any safety management system (both from the top-down and from the bottom-up) for employers, employees and third parties to be involved with the exchange…

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Respect in the Workplace LISA QUINN O'FLAHERTY Solicitor Fitzsimons Redmond It is tempting for employers to draft a Bullying and Harassment Policy for their workplace, and then sit back in the hope that everyone will play nicely and get along. Unfortunately, human relationships are complex, and conflict is likely to arise in every workplace. It is the job of the employer to create a working environment where conflict is well managed, and a culture of…

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Starting the New Year with a Positive Mindset Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE As we begin a new year, yet again in difficult circumstances, it can be difficult to regain focus on our lives and the positive changes we would like to make. As Covid fatigue reaches new highs, a lot of people might be struggling to regain their motivation to make positive changes in their lives as well as remaining fully engaged in both…

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Effective Safety Management: The Business Argument ANDY TILLEARD EHS Consultant EazySAFE Ireland has a good track record for accidents in the workplace. Data shows that Ireland has the lowest standardised incidence rates (per 100,000 employees) of fatal accidents at work for 2018 and averaged rates from 2015 – 2017 at 0.45 and 0.96 respectively. However, if you were related to any of the people who had been killed at work in these time frames here…

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Hope and Productivity   Alan White Wellness Consultant EazySAFE There are many times in our lives when we feel overwhelmed by negative emotions such as fear, stress, or anxiety. Experiencing these negative emotions without taking action to alleviate the impact they can have on our lives can lead us to become frustrated and unable to progress in our personal and professional lives. Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash Hope and optimism are two key traits we can…

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Manual Handling GEMMA COLLINS DOYLE EHS Consultant EazySAFE Back injuries and back pain are something that most people suffer during their lifetime. A lot of the time, back injuries happen in the workplace. In fact, according to the HSA manual handling accidents are the most common accidents (2019) and these accidents usually cause back injuries. So, it makes sense for any company to focus on reducing all manual handling risks as much as possible to ensure employees are…

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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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