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Welcome to the Summer 2022 E-Newsletter

Here's a snapshot of articles featured in the latest edition...
NEW LEGISLATION SETS STALKING AS SEPARATE CRIMINAL OFFENCE: Gender-based violence and harassment of women has come to the fore more than ever this year, and now for the first time in Ireland legislation will be put in place in the autumn to protect against crimes based on gender, and to categorise stalking as a standalone criminal offence.

FLEXIBILITY TO THE FORE IN NEW WORKPLACE PROTOCOLS: Flexibility is now a key trait for employers and employees in coping with increased levels of change over the last two years, notes John Gallagher, Chief Health Officer of Cognate Health Ltd, and says that many employers now realise the benefits of allowing employees to work from home during these uncertain times.

AIR ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION REPORT SIGNALS SAFETY SHORTCOMINGS: Shortfalls in safety practices have been highlighted in the Air Accident Investigation report into the Coast Guard’s ‘Rescue 116’ fatal accident in March 2017. Kevin Byrne, Security and Safety Aviation Auditor, says the speedy implementation of the report’s recommendations would be welcomed by the aviation community.

ALL-IRELAND OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AWARDS: Entries are still open for the NISO/NISG All-Ireland Occupational Safety Awards. The closing date for this year's competition is Thursday 16 June, with an early bird date of Thursday 12 May, while all late entries will be accepted on 7 July (subject to notification by 16 June).

TIME TO MOVE ‘SAFE PASS’ TRAINING ONLINE? The mandatory one-day health and safety awareness training programme for construction workers, which is managed by SOLAS, looks set to undergo the most significant overhaul since it was first launched 20 years ago, with plans by SOLAS to provide an alternative online assessment facility, writes safety consultant Declan Gibney.

LATEST HSA STRATEGY RENEWS RANGE OF SAFETY GOALS: The HSA's Strategy Statement 2022-2024 sets out continued goals to promote, regulate and influence the culture of workplace health and safety. These include emerging from the pandemic, the fall-out from Brexit and addressing new ways of working.

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