HSA Inspection Campaign Focuses on Banned and Restricted Chemicals

Monday 5th December The Health and Safety Authority has announced that it is participating in a European-wide enforcement campaign to assess the presence of restricted chemicals in jewellery, glues and adhesives. The chemicals cadmium, nickel and lead are banned in jewellery while benzene, chloroform and toluene are banned in glues and adhesives. The campaign is part of an inspection drive led by the European Chemicals Agency. The aim is to ensure these consumer products comply with the REACH Regulation, which is designed to improve chemicals safety in the European Union. Inspectors from the Authority have been checking for the presence of restricted chemicals in jewellery articles, glues and adhesives sold on the Irish market. Yvonne Mullooly, Senior Inspector with the HSA said: “This campaign involves checking jewellery, glues and adhesives to see if these banned chemicals are present. Importers, manufacturers and distributors of jewellery and glue products should already be aware of the legal requirements within the REACH Regulation and retailers selling such products should check with their suppliers to ensure their existing stock is compliant. All non-compliant stock should be removed from the shelves.” Importers, distributors and retailers are encouraged to check the weekly EU RAPEX alert system which identifies the list of goods found to be not compliant with EU requirements. For more information on REACH restricted chemicals see the HSA website at http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Your_Industry/Chemicals/Legislation_Enforcement/REACH/Restriction/ Ends Let's block ads! (Why?)

Minister Voices Alarm at Spike in Farm Deaths

Minister Breen makes comments while attending farm safety walk in Co. Clare Monday 12th December 2016 The Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD, and up to 30 local farmers, have attended a farm safety walk in Co. Clare today. The walk took place on the farm of Martin Fennell, a suckler farmer in Ballyket, Kilrush. The event was organised by the Health and Safety Authority and Teagasc and is designed to give local farmers an opportunity to learn first-hand about the practicalities of safety. It allows farmers to see and discuss good practice, while learning how to minimise the risk of accidents to themselves and their families. There were four key areas addressed; Tractors and machinery, livestock handling, farm buildings and slurry management. During the walk farmers were given advice and information on; risks around tractor use, changing & maintaining PTO guards, vehicle safety including a SAFE STOP procedure and the additional risks involved when carrying out maintenance work. Examples of good practice, such as yard layout and lighting, cattle handling facilities and adequate calving facilities, were also on show. Farmers were encouraged to take more care when working at height, to use the appropriate equipment such as a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) and not to take risks particularly while carrying out maintenance on fragile roofs. The importance of removing livestock and only carrying out slurry agitation on a windy day was also emphasised. Speaking at the event Minister Breen voiced his concern at the sharp increase in fatal accidents on farms recently: “Since mid-November there have been four people killed on farms, with 19 deaths in total so far this year. No other sector is experiencing that level of fatal accidents and it is greatly concerning to me that so many families are losing loved ones due to work activity. I would appeal to farmers to take some time to consider the risks in every job they do and to work out a plan to manage the hazards before they start work. Farming is a way of life as well as an industry and we must remember that it is not the farmer that is at risk, but family members too. I believe that we must all work together, as a community along with the HSA and Teagasc, to reduce these tragedies. Farm safety walks are an excellent example of this, they encourage farmer-to-farmer learning and promote safer farming.” Professor Jim Phelan, Chair of the Farm Safety Partnership called on farmers to commit to making changes in how they approach farm safety: “These events give the HSA and Teagasc an opportunity to meet with farmers in one location and give practical advice on farm safety. We know that farmers are receptive to the message that safety is vital, but we need to see that manifest in how they approach their work. Safety is not something you just talk about, it is something you must build into your work every day.” John McNamara, National Health and Safety Specialist with Teagasc said that Knowledge Transfer (KT) is becoming important in all aspects of farming: “Farm walks and knowledge transfer groups are about establishing networks so farmers can learn from each other. They are integral to much of what we, in Teagasc, are working towards.” Ends Let's block ads! (Why?)

Managing Workplace Bullying Complaints

HSA launches free online course for employers and managers Wednesday 14th December The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has today (Wednesday 14th December) launched a free short online course, aimed at assisting employers in managing workplace bullying complaints. It can be accessed through the HSA e-learning portal http://hsalearning.ie. The 30 minute online course will help employers and managers to understand the nature of bullying complaints and to deal with them appropriately. Employers and managers need to upskill themselves in order to be ready and capable of recognising what is workplace bullying and what is not, and to be capable of dealing with such complaints, in terms of procedures and policies, promptly and effectively. The course covers key areas such as what is specific to a bullying complaint, examples of bullying and non-type complaints as well as guidance on the appropriate and inappropriate reaction of managers. It concludes with the anti-bullying policy and the type of information that should be contained in this workplace document. At the end of this course learners should be able to: identify a bullying-type complaint, whether verbal or written; understand the need to take care in how managers react to such complaints; recognise the particular dangers associated with reacting in a casual, off-hand or insensitive way to such complaints; implement the appropriate policy documents to prevent bullying issues and to properly manage these issues; and source workplace bullying information. Organisational psychologist and Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority, Patricia Murray said, “The focus on bullying at work is rightly on the victim. However it can be a challenge for organisations and employers to respond appropriately and it is essential that bullying complaints are taken seriously and handled properly. Ms. Murray added, “Even if the complaint is not bullying per se but another conflict-type relationship breakdown, reasonably presented complaints still need to be attended to and processed properly. This short online course will give managers and employers a good introduction to the subject and plenty of guidance on where to seek further information.” HSA Education Manager, Joanne Harmon said: “Learners can take courses during their own time, at their own pace and can download a certificate of completion on passing the short assessment. Although not a formal qualification, certification can form part of an individual’s training or continuous professional development record.” To see the full range of HSA online courses on offer, browse and/or register as a learner on http://hsalearning.ie. If you are interested in further information on HSA online learning or to register these or other courses for continuing professional development points, contact: [email protected] . For further advice and guidance on bullying at work see: http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Workplace_Health/ ENDS Let's block ads! (Why?)

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