Valerie Foster, Author at Chris Mee Group | CMSE

Health & Safety Review: Top Tips for increased chemical safety awareness.

Chemicals can be confusing and complex. From cleaners for floors, toilets, bleaches, dishwasher tablets or air fresheners, most homes have a lot of different harmful, irritating or possibly corrosive in the cupboards.

This month’s Health & Safety Review sets out their top 10 tips for increased chemical safety awareness.

These include:

  1. Centralised Purchasing
  2. Keep a List
  3. Buyer Beware:
  4. Read the Little Label
  5. Specific Sections of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)
  6. Realistic Risk Assessments:
  7. Pictures speak a thousand words:
  8. A little and often matter
  9. Training for understanding
  10. Check and Check again

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Face Masks vs Face Visors. Which is most effective?

Process Safety Engineer, Jake Bumpus & Health & Safety Consultant​ Aisling Hegarty have the lowdown!

As we approach into the second wave of the pandemic, many people are now experiencing what is called “COVID fatigue”. However, the need to maintain the protective measures – such as wearing face coverings – is more important than ever. In recent months, the wearing of face coverings has been made compulsory by the Irish government on all public transport, in shops, and in other indoor settings, to limit the spread of the virus. Many workplaces now require the wearing of face coverings, where reasonably practicable. There are many options of different types of face coverings such as disposable surgical masks, washable fabric masks, scarves and face shields. However, since the guidance on wearing face coverings came into effect, a question has been troubling many of us; which is most effective – face mask or face shield?

There have been conflicting reports on the efficacy of wearing a face shield/visor, with many medical experts saying they are not efficient in protecting us from the virus. Current HSE guidance states that visors “are not as good as wearing a face covering (masks), but you’ll still get some level of protection”. According to Dr Robert R. Redfield, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus”.

The debate on wearing a face mask or face shield has also garnered the attention of many scientific professionals. A recent COVID-19 project was carried out at Mater Hospital Dublin by Professor of Surgery Ronan Cahill and Dr Kevin Nolan, on testing the effectiveness of different types of face coverings. The project involved the use of a high-speed camera to capture the movement of droplets from the nose and mouth, with and without wearing a face covering. A video of the results of the study can be viewed online here. The study demonstrated the wearing of face masks to be more effective in reducing the volume of cough and sneeze droplets dispersing in the air. Professor Cahill said that “an awful lot of the breath is diverted downwards unfiltered [when wearing a face visor] and that’s important for people to know”.

The choice to wear a face mask or face shield is often based on personal circumstances and a person’s occupation. The use of face masks have created issues for people who are deaf and hard of hearing in which communication is a challenge for people and this where we see a key benefit of wearing a clear visor to allow for lip reading. Face shields have proven advantageous for certain occupations like teaching where effective and clear communication with students is essential. Face shields are often more comfortable to wear for longer periods, often easier to wash and disinfect for re-use, and so could be more environmentally friendly than wearing disposable facemasks.

Face shields are used routinely by healthcare professionals to protect the eyes, nose and mouth from splashes of body fluids and respiratory droplets. However, they are often used in conjunction with other PPE such as face mask, safety glasses, and are worn primarily for the protection of the healthcare professionals, rather than as a form of transmission control.

Overall, it is widely accepted that the wearing of face coverings plays an important part in preventing the transmission of coronavirus. Current scientific research suggests that face coverings are more effective at providing this protection in comparison to face shields. However, face shields can still be a viable option, particularly in settings where social distancing can be maintained, and clear communication is important. It is important that all employers consider and implement the most appropriate protective measures for their own workplaces, as part of a robust COVID-19 risk assessment process.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Chris Mee Group have continued to assist our clients to ensure that their workplaces remain as safe as possible for their staff and the public.

There is certainly some confusion around how best to practically implement the government guidance outlined in the ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’.

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Feileacain Wave of Light

October is babyloss awareness month. Every year on October 15th, there’s a ‘wave of light’ where buildings get lit up to remember all babies gone too soon at any age or gestation.
On Thursday at 6pm, Chris Mee Group lit up in purple to remember all babies gone too soon. On this occasion, due to current restrictions and government guidelines we were unable on to welcome people to the location but candles were lit on behalf of personnel, company friends and family members who are affected by the loss of a baby.
Chris Mee Group has made a donation to Feileacain Wave of Light(Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland) to assist them in continuing their great work.  If you would like to do the same please click here

IT Sligo Virtual Careers Fairs 2020

CMSE Recruitment are looking forward to being in virtual attendance at the IT Sligo Careers Fair on Thursday October 22nd.
Book your coaching session through the usual routes.
Odhran & Ciara look forward to “meeting” you there!

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Chris Mee Group are delighted to continue our collaboration with Pairc Ui Chaoimh for to 20/21 seasons.

Chris Mee Group are delighted to continue collaborating with the Pairc Ui Chaoimh team at Corks 45,000 capacity stadium.

The multi-purpose facility provides sporting and music entertainment, world- class facilities for players and visitors as well as an academy for sport.

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