Valerie Foster, Author at Chris Mee Group | CMSE

Ireland leading the way in Europe with Microbead Prohibition Bill

A new Microbeads Prohibition Bill is at committee stage in the Dáil, where the amendment will be debated. The bill will restrict the sale, supply, or manufacturing of products which rinse down the drain, such as shower gels and scrubs. While Ireland is not the first European country to ban these products, Ireland will be the first to include household cleaning items that can also be washed down the drain.  Products that are made to be worn-on and not washed off are not affected by the Bill.

What are Microbeads?

Microbeads are tiny plastics usually between 0.0004-1.24 mm wide and are made from polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene.

Why are Microbeads bad?

Due to their minute size, once washed down your drain these micro sized plastic balls have the ability to pass through sewage treatment plants unfiltered and end up in fresh waters and oceans. This can prove hazardous for fish and animals who mistake the plastic for food and from there, the beads are integrated into the food chain.

Carbon Action – part of Chris Mee Group are a leading provider of environmental related Carbon Training & Climate Change Consultancy services in UK, Ireland & abroad. Our clients range from large multinationals to SMEs. If you have any questions regarding Microbeads please do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced Consultants by filling in the enquiry form on this page.

Read more on Microbeads here: Microbeads : A massive issue! The countdown to the bead ban begins!





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Your application Fee (£50) waived if joining as an associate or full member.



What is the IIRSM?

The International Institute of Risk and Safety Management IIRSM is a professional body that offers recognition, information and support to over 8,000 members around the world in all areas of risk and safety management.

What is the benefit to being a member IIRSM?

All members of IIRSM have access to an extensive range of relevant, valuable features and benefits. These benefits can include:

  • Networking opportunities
  • Unlimited use of the Health and Safety Technical Helpline
  • Legal Helpline (UK law and covers all matters, including H&S)
  • Business or personal advice from the HR and Employment
  • Free access to the Health and Safety at Work online
  • And much more


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Carbon Calculator – How Accurate Can They Be?


Planning to use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to measure your emissions? You can just fill in a questionnaire on one of the many Carbon Footprint Calculators available online.. Easy, right?  WRONG. There’s much more to take into account.

How accurate is, or can a  Carbon Footprint Calculator be?

To put in to perspective – If you want to get a Real idea of your Carbon Footprint you will have to take so many things into account

Take your food for example, if you had a steak for dinner last night to get the true Greenhouse Gas emissions associated with your  you must calculate each and every resource that it took to:-

  • Feed that cow
  • Methane released when said cow exhaled throughout its lifetime
  • The use of synthetic fertilizers and the use of slurry as a fertilizer
  • The production, transportation and use of veterinary products
  • The use of fossil fuels on the farm for heating and farm machinery
  • The use of electricity on the farm
  • Refrigeration use on farm
  • Transportation of the cow to the meat plant
  • The processing of beef and
  • Transportation of beef to the retailers
  • The transport of the steak to your kitchen (don’t forget you might refrigerate the steak also)
  • The cooking of your steak – either gas or electricity
  • Disposal of bones and wrapping

Can you imagine following this routine for EVERY individual item you consume, the energy you use in your home, your transport, services you use and each item/good you come in contact with day to day?


How can answering a few questions on a questionnaire give an accurate representation when in reality there are so many variables to take into account?


Measure and manage your greenhouse gas emissions by completing this two day ISO Carbon Footprint Measurement Course. For additional information or to make an enquiry please click here.


Navigating The Road to Safety – 2019 IOSH Southern District Conference

 2019 IOSH Southern District Conference

Today, the team from Chris Mee Group are attending and exhibiting at the 2019 IOSH Southern District Conference held at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.

The theme of the conference is “Navigating the road to safety“. The way that we work has changed drastically in the past decade due to technical advances. At today’s conference these changes, subsequent new challenges and the realities of current safety practices will be discussed.

Today’s conference is chaired by Herbert Mulligan, the Editor of Health and Safety Review magazine.

  • Key speakers and topics at today’s event include:
  • Professor Lawrence Waterman OBE discusses “What we’re doing right – how practitioners are making workplaces safer and healthier”
  • Mark Cullen, Assistant Chief Executive at the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) discusses “New HSA strategy”
  • Maeve O’Loughlin, Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University discusses “Challenging the identity and practice of health and safety professionals”
  • Steve McGarry, Inspector at the Health and Safety Authority discusses “HSA carriage of dangerous goods inspections – what to expect”
  • Dermot Carey, Director at the Safety and Training Department, Construction Industry Federation (CIF) discusses “Building mental health into the construction narrative”
  • Anna Donegan, Senior Executive at The KeepWell Mark, Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec) discusses “Ibec’s KeepWell Mark – workplace wellbeing accreditation”
  • Aidan Creagh, Senior Executive Engineer at Cork County Council discusses “Changes to Chapter 8of the Traffic SignsManual and the temporary traffic management document suite”
  • Finbar Stapleton, Senior QEH&S Consultant at Antaris Consulting discusses “Benefits and learnings of being certified to ISO 45001 in 2018”

Established in 1995, The Southern District of IOSH Ireland Branch’s purpose is to provide a forum in the Southern region of Ireland for professionals working in all areas of health and safety and risk management to network and share ideas.

The Southern region of Ireland branch has a membership of over 400 professionals. They host many enjoyable events, both evening and half-day, for IOSH members throughout the year. They also run a number of site visits to different projects in the greater area for the benefit of their members.


E-waste – The fastest growing waste stream on the planet


Each Year almost 50 million tonnes (and €55 billion) of e-waste is produced globally. This is made up of smartphones, computers, household appliances and more.

Despite containing billions of dollars’ worth of reusable materials such as metals and rare earth elements, currently only 20% of electronics are being recycled.

Millions of tonnes of e-waste is ending up in landfills, wrongly mixed with metal waste, or illegally exported to poorer countries for a fee.


FACT:  An average smartphone contains up to 60 prized metals elements!


The UN, the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, recently gathered in Davos. It was here that the “Global Reboot” call for action to counter e-waste was launched.

Ruediger Kuehr, programme director at United Nations University and expert in e-waste, noted that if things continue, we will have 120 million tonnes per year of e-waste by 2050.

It is hoped that in the same way that plastic waste has become a hot topic in recent years, governments, businesses and consumers will now explore ways of reusing and repurposing electronics so as to limit the environmental fallout.


FACT: Although E-waste represents only 2% of physical waste in landfills, it accounts for up to 70% of the hazardous material.


To achieve environmental excellence when it comes to prevention of pollution and elimination of waste going to landfill, we at Chris Mee Group use an e-waste recycling service. This company has a Zero Landfill Policy and ensures the highest level of global environmental standards are adhered to when disposing of equipment.

Waste reduction and management are crucial in all business sectors. CMSE Consultancy is recognised as one of the best providers of expertise in this area nationwide.

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