Archive for December, 2013

Carbon Monoxide The Silent Killer

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After hearing Aoife’s story on the Ray Darcy Show this morning I thought this was too important and too scary to ignore. To listen to Aoife’s Story about her family’s VERY near death experience listen to the Today FM’s podcast


Safety Precautions include:
  • Ensure your appliances are correctly installed and serviced annually
  • Make sure all chimneys are cleaned regularly
  • Never block vents
  • Don’t use appliances if you have any reason to believe they may be faulty
  • Use a Carbon Monoxide alarm

  • For more information on Carbon Monoxide poisoning, safety precautions and CO alarms go to

    Information sources: and Today FM

Tips for keeping your child safe this Christmas

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Christmas can be an exciting and wonderful time for children. But it can also be a dangerous time of year. Taking a quick look around your home and you may see extra decorations, both small and large, Christmas lights and loads of lovely new toys. The very last thing you want is for your child or visiting children to fall ill or to be injured.

Tip for keeping your child and visiting children safe the Christmas:
  • Position your tree safely and securely and away from door ways, walk ways, open fires, stoves, radiators and heaters.

  • Keep all toy and decoration packaging in a secure place out of reach and sight of children.

  • Try to avoid decorations that are easily broken – this will reduce the risk of cuts if children come in contact with them.

  • Check that your decorations don’t contain small parts – this will reduce the risk of choking should children get their hands on them.

  • Do not hang or attach Christmas decorations or stockings on the fireplace where small children may pull them down and injure themselves or risk setting fire to the decorations.

  • Use a spark guard around fireplaces at all times.

  • Do not use Christmas light that are faulty.

  • Switch off Christmas lights when going to bed and when leaving the house.

  • For a comprehensive list of tips to keep your child safe this Christmas, check out the HSE’s Child Safety at Christmas page.

    SME Safety wishes you a safe and healthy Christmas!

IOSH Western District Networking Evening in Thomond Park – Dec 10th 2013

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IOSH Ireland Western District committee are hosting a free seminar in the Munster Suite Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick on Tuesday the 10th of December from 7pm-9pm. This ‘Members Networking Evening’ will involve 6 presentations (12-15 minutes each) on a wide range of interesting health and safety topics.

IOSH Western District are encouraging IOSH Members and Prospective IOSH Members to attend the event and avail of the opportunity to network with other health and safety professionals.

The following topics will be presented on the night:
  • The Safe Management of a Large Public Event –Paul Quinn
  • Noise – June Ryan
  • The Chain of Survival for Victims of Cardiac Arrest – Bernie Mulqueen
  • Getting Started in EHS A personal journey – Louise Surdival and Carmel Leo
  • Risk Management – John Coleman
  • Psychosocial Risk and Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders – Leonard O’Sullivan

There will be opportunity for discussion and networking at the event. If you are interested in attending, we would appreciate if you could let us know as soon as you can by emailing the Western District on or Fintan Kierans (organiser of the event) on

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