Archive for April, 2013

HSA & IFA Launch Farm Safety Campaign

The HSA plan to increase the number of farm visits they make in order to promote safety on farms. This new initiative aims to place particular emphasis on farmers in the 60+ age group.

Over the last 10 years there have been 182 people killed, and many more seriously injured, as the result of farm accidents. More than half of these accidents involve farmers over the age of 60. In fact, accidents involving farmers over 55 years of age often account for 70% of farm deaths.

In an effort to reverse this trend, and focus attention on age as a risk factor, the HSA and the IFA have jointly produced a DVD entitled ‘Older, Wiser, Safer – A Practical Guide to Safety for Older Farmers.

Martin O’Halloran CEO of the Health and Safety Authority said that ‘Older, Wiser, Safer’ is part of an on-going approach to get farmers to tell their own stories and influence each other on this issue. Speaking about Farm Safety Fortnight Martin O’Halloran said, “We would encourage Farmers to give some time each day to farm safety and if one of our Inspectors visit, engage with them and act on any advice given.

The main causes of death and injury on farms are; tractors and machinery (47%), livestock (13%) and falls from height (12%).

As of April 2013, there have been 2 deaths reported due to work activity on farms.

Sourse: Health and Safety Authority, Press Release April 2013

IOSH Ireland Western District Seminar – 9th April 2013

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IOSH Ireland Western District committee are hosting a free seminar in the Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick from 7pm-9pm. The seminar will cover the following topics:

Implications of Part M Building Regulations 2010 & Making Buildings Accessible and Usable
Eoin O’Herlihy‘s presentation will address why accessibility is important, who benefits from accessibility and barriers to access. The seminar mainly aims to equip participants with an understanding of the requirements of Part M 2010 and ensure participants appreciate the key content of Technical Guidance Document M 2010. The content would be particularly beneficial to Health and Safety Officers, Architects and Technicians, Engineers, Building Control Officers, Fire Officers, Fire Consultants, Facilities Managers and all those with an interest in Building Regulations and making buildings accessible.


Safety Leadership Overview and the Role to be played by OHS Professionals
Mary Darlington’s presentation will outline the key issues regarding Safety Leadership, what it is and the role to be played by OHS professionals in driving it. The presentation will cover; health and safety as a core value, what is safety leadership, the role of OHS professionals and the benefits of safety leadership.

It will be of particular interest to people involved in Safety Management including Employers Managers, Supervisors, Safety Managers and Safety Officers and Operatives working in these areas.

To book a place, please email

The event is open to IOSH members and non-members.

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