Driving is one of the most dangerous activities that we undertake daily. Whether it’s for social or professional purposes, driving requires full concentration from the driver. Driving is a risk not only for drivers but also any passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists and members of the public.
The nature of many businesses is that driving is a main activity. The Health and Safety Authority defines driving for work as any person who drives on a road as part of their work either in a vehicle provided by their employer or in their own vehicle and receives an allowance or payment from their employer for distances driven. Commuting to work is not included as a driving for work activity.
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is when one’s heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
In Ireland, 5,000 people are estimated to suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year. That’s 13-14 people Every Day! Out of these 5,000 people only 1 person a day survives.
Survival rates following a cardiac arrest are directly related to time it takes to begin resuscitation and particularly defibrillation. Without immediate treatment, death can occur within minutes. However, with treatments such as CPR and use of an automated external defibrillator (Heartsaver AED ), provided by someone who has completed CPR/AED training survival rates can triple! This is what is called a return of spontaneous circulation or ROSC.
National Workplace Wellbeing Day aims to improve overall employee wellbeing through promoting better exercise and nutrition in the workplace.
The market demand for EHS professionals is currently at its highest level in many years.
The continued increased demand as well as relative short supply of candidates has led to salary increases across the profession. The market has seen salary increases ranging between 5-16%. As a response to this, companies looking to retain staff have been offering up to 10% increases to their existing staff. Given the cost of recruiting, training and onboarding of new staff, this makes a sound investment for businesses.
The EU Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information (2014/95/EU) entered into force in December 2014. This legislation requires around 6,000 large companies listed on EU markets, or operating in the banking and insurance sectors, to disclose relevant environmental and social information in the management report, with the first reports to be published in 2018 (on financial year 2017). Member States had to finalise the transposition into national legislation by December 6th 2016.