Guidelines to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations 2013

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Biological Agents) Regulations, HSA2013 set down obligations on employers regarding the determination and assessment of risk with respect to biological agents:

  • the prevention and control of exposure to hazardous biological agents;
  • specific protection and preventive measures;
  • arrangements to deal with accidents, incidents and emergencies;
  • information, training and consultation;
  • health surveillance; record-keeping;
  • notification requirements to the Authority; and
  • duties for employees. Download guide

Source: Health and Safety Authority


SHEQ Centre of Excellence will do a 4 days OHSAS 18001 Course in Cork

Dear blogger,

SHEQ Centre of Excellence will run a 4 day Health and Safety Management Training programme on June 19th20th26th and 27th.

The programme will provide participants with the knowledge and tools required to implement and maintain a Safety Management System that will comply with the International OHSAS 18001 Standard. It will also be a great help to those who want to improve their existing Health and Safety Management System and Safety Statement.

Topics included on the programme:

Health and Safety Policy  |  Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment & Risk Control
|  Objectives, Targets and Plans  |  Resources, Roles, Responsibility, Accountability and Authority

Competence, Training & Awareness  |  Communication, Participation and Consultation  |  Operational Controls  |  Control of Records using appropriate systems  |  Emergency Preparedness and Response

Monitoring & Measurement  |  Incident Report and Investigation  |  Nonconformity, Corrective Action and Preventive Action  |  Internal Auditing  |  Management Review  |  Plans for Continual Improvement

Benefits of Attending the Course

The course will help organisations to save time and money by providing example templates and practical examples which we have already used to help many organisations achieve ISO and OHSAS certifications, both nationally and internationally.

The course will be run at the SHEQ Centre of Excellence training centre at Blackrock, Cork.

You can access here the Training Course Flyer.

For further information please contact Niall O’Connell or Dan Gallagher at 021-4536034 or e-mail

Thanks and regards!!!

Irish Government launches Energy Policy Green Paper

The Energy Policy Green Paper for Ireland that marks the beginning of a 10-week public consultation on the future shape of Ireland’s energy policy has been launched today by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte, TD.

The Irish Government is aware of the challenges facing the world’s energy supplies, spiraling fossil fuel prices, and the effects of climate change on the environment.

As part of its Green Paper, the Government has detailed six priorities if consumers are to gain greater control of their energy usage, costs and generation.

The obvious move now is for an increase in the production of indigenous renewable energies that, in many cases, exist in abundance.

Over the next decades, Ireland’s economy will need to shift from one predominantly dependent on imported fossil fuels to a more indigenous, low-carbon economy based on renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart networks,” said the report. “It will also need to fully exploit the major opportunity this presents for job creation and economic growth.

One aspect the paper suggests is empowering Irish citizens to be more energy aware and encouraging them to consider ideas, such as retro-fitting homes for more energy-efficient solutions or renewable energy technologies.

The Government paper also asks whether more work can be done with the authorities in Northern Ireland and other EU states to collaborate on a shared approach to supporting potential investment in building and accessing energy storage capacity in order to better use oil and gas and further exploit available renewable energies.


New £27m fund to finance on-farm renewable energy projects in Northern Ireland

A new £27m fund has been launched today by Assured Asset Energy Ltd (AAE) to finance up to 30 on-farm renewable energy projects and create 180 construction jobs in Northern Ireland.

According to AAE, the new anaerobic digestion plants will process up to 450,000 tonnes of farm waste annually to produce biogas and generate up to 8.5MW electricity for connection and sale onto the Northern Ireland.

We’re very excited to be launching this fund that will be of great benefit to local farmers and will help Northern Ireland reduce its carbon footprint,” said Alex Colombini, director of AAE. “We encourage farmers who have the capacity to take advantage of the opportunity.

“Renewable energy really is a win-win – a win for the environment and the economy,” said Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, who officially launched the fund. “This fund will help more farmers to seize the benefits of this renewable technology which can help them make savings and reduce running costs in the longer term.  Anaerobic digesters can also assist in reducing carbon emissions and help meet executive renewable energy targets.


Author: Jürgen from Sandesneben, Germany


€70m Irish Energy Efficiency Fund could be leveraged up to €300m

A new €70m Energy Efficiency Fund led by Sustainable Development Capital and supported by the Irish Government aimed at reducing energy demand from commercial buildings could be leveraged up to €300m in the coming years.

The purpose of the fund is to act as a catalyst for the development of energy-efficiency projects in the Irish market. The fund has secured first close of €35m with a capital commitment of €17.2m from the Irish Government, together with a combination of private-sector capital from London & Regional Properties (€12.8m) and Glen Dimplex Group (€5m).

Energy efficiency represents a huge opportunity to stimulate economic activity, employment and improve national competitiveness. Today’s announcement marks an important first step for the fund, but more importantly says to businesses and public-sector bodies – the fund is open and ready to do business.”

Open for business
In a deal worth €2m, Tesco Ireland will become the first company to avail of the fund as part of a retrofit programme and the first Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Exemplar project to reach financial close. Irish energy services company DCS Electrical (DCS), will retrofit an initial seven Tesco stores, with a follow-on funding commitment for up to 40 stores nationwide.

The project to replace existing lighting across seven Tesco stores with high-efficiency LEDs is expected to result in the creation of 16 new jobs at DCS and deliver estimated average annual energy savings of more than €540,000.

SDCL is a specialist financial and investment advisory firm headquartered in London and with offices in Dublin, New York and Hong Kong. SDCL also manages a similar energy-efficiency fund in the UK, which was launched with a cornerstone commitment from the UK Green Investment Bank, along with energy-efficiency funds in Singapore, China and Hong Kong. In Ireland, SDCL will work closely with the department, the SEAI, the Green IFSC and other government-backed institutions and initiatives.

Demand versus supply
Speaking with, the chief executive of SDCL Jonathan Maxwell explained that the difference between the Irish Energy Efficiency Fund and other green-oriented funds is that this fund is focused on the demand for energy, rather than the supply.

We focus on reducing the demand for energy, while most renewable energy funds are oriented towards new power-generation technologies. There’s an enormous opportunity to cut energy wastage and that opportunity is the largest and cheapest source for greenhouse gas reduction.

By applying a commercially proven technology, such as lighting or building management systems, controls and other measures, all of those can work in a commercial environment without subsidy. The fund provides solutions and takes away the need to invest in capital expenditure and instead allow the fund to deliver as a service and it is paid for by the savings generated.

The result for buildings is better lights, the buildings are more resilient, they have a better power supply and ultimately we’ve found a wave of making commercial buildings a better place to live and work,” Maxwell said.


Source: by John Kennedy

Comparing OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2013, FY 2012 and FY 2011


There has been a significant (45%) increase in safety violations cited by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from 2012 to 2013. In addition to the increased number of violations, OSHA has also increased the number of press releases publicizing hefty fines.

While there has been great progress in workplace safety over the past 100 years, the numbers presented below should serve as a reminder there is more to be done to make workplaces safer.

The top 10 list of most frequently cited workplace-safety violations for FY 2013 are as follows:


The top 10 list of most frequently cited workplace-safety violations for FY 2012 are as follows:


The top 10 list of most frequently cited workplace-safety violations for FY 2011 are as follows:


The top 10 list of most frequently cited workplace-safety violations 3 year comparison:


The trend in the 3 year comparison shows a drop in cited violations in 2012 as compared to 2013 and 2011. The difference between 2013 and 2011 is for the most part negligible.