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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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Carbon Action Hosts Masterclass at Climate Change and Ecological Protection Initiative, Singapore.

Carbon Action Hosts Masterclass!

Environmental Director at Carbon Action, Fergal Mee recently delivered the second GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Masterclass in Singapore.

Over a five day period, attendees from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and India participated in training organised in conjunction with our Singaporean partners Sustinere Pte Ltd..

Two courses were provided, each based on the ISO 14064 Standard for Greenhouse Gas Management. The first course discussed the approach of creating a GHG inventory of a “Carbon Footprint”; the second on how to independently verify such inventories. The footprint course has broad applications for those working in the area of GHG Management, the second is a more specialised course to train Sustainability Consultants and Accounting professionals, who provide independent verification services to their clients, to ensure emissions are properly counted and accounted for.

Interest in GHG Management has surged in Singapore, following the introduction of the Carbon Tax in January 2019. At this point, the new carbon tax only applies to companies with high emissions. Predictably, these are the companies most invested in educating their staff, so they could properly prepare to measure, manage and reduce their GHG emissions. Over time however, the tax is expected to apply to companies with lower emissions levels, requiring more companies to have a carbon mitigation plan.

We expect similar developments in South Africa if/when they implement their Carbon Tax in 2020.

Carbon Action will be conducting a GHG Masterclasses in Nigeria in April 2019 and Rwanda in Q3.

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Chris Mee Group “Let’s Get Green Together” initiative a great success!!

“Let’s Get Green Together”

In March 2018 Chris Mee Group kicked off our ISO 14001 Environmental initiative. These actions have been headed by Sarah Ward, Quality Systems Specialist at the Little Island Cork, HQ and Karen Cummins, Consultant and Trainer at the Chris Mee Group Dublin facility.

The aim of this initiative was to reduce paper Usage in 2018. To do so, all employees ensured that their Printer Default Settings were set to Black and White and Double Sided printing.

Progress was tracked on a quarterly basis by monitoring the paper orders made in that time.

Our year-end figures for paper usage resulted in;

Reduction in Paper Orders of 14% versus 2017 which is equivalent to 7 trees!!!


What is ISO 14001 Certification? Read about it here


Lowest number of workplace fatalities on HSA records for 2018 

New figures issued by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), reveal a 23% drop in work-related deaths in Ireland in 2018.

A total of 37 people were killed in accidents at work in 2018 compared to 48 fatalities in 2017. This number represents the lowest number since HSA records began in 1989, with a rate of 1.6 deaths per 100,000 low-paid workers, a reduction of 75% on 1991 figures.


Though the sector that employs just 6% of the workforce, Agriculture constituted 41% of total workplace fatalities for 2018. For the 9th year running agriculture had the highest number of work related fatalities in 2018 with 15 deaths. This is a 40% reduction on the 2017 figure of 25 fatalities.

  • With five fatalities reported, Dublin had the highest number of fatalities in the past year
  • Cork, Galway, and Mayo each had four people die in work-related deaths.
  • Construction  had five deaths – Down from six in 2017
  • Transport, had five deaths – Down from six in 2017

Dr Sharon McGuinness, chief executive officer of the HSA said, “Due to the efforts of employers, employees and key stakeholders, there has been a huge improvement in health and safety standards…” “However, with 37 people losing their lives in work related activity in 2018 there is clearly still more to be done”.

McGuinness went on to state that while employers are facing challenges such as Brexit and a skills shortage in certain sectors, it was important to prioritise the health and safety of workers, adding that safe employees were “the backbone of any successful enterprise”.

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We at Chris Mee Group are industry leaders in the areas of Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) and Observational Based Safety programmes.

Take a look through to our Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) information pages to find out more about how BBS systems can help you to reduce accidents.