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Construction Regulations Amendment 2020

Construction Regulations Amendment 2020

Minister of State Pat Breen has signed in to law the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, S.I. No. 102 of 2020.

The purpose of these regulations is to amend the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 to 2019 to extend the validity of safety awareness registration cards which cannot be renewed as a result of the Covid-19 emergency.

The regulations allow for cards which have expired after March 01st 2020 to be still regarded as valid for the duration of the cessation of delivery of the SOLAS Safe Pass training programme.

The amendment was signed on March 31st 2020 and has an immediate effective date

COVID-19 Necessity for Companies to have a Plan in Place

COVID-19 Necessity for Companies to have a Plan in Place

Is your business ready to reopen? Do you have a plan in place to protect your employees and your customers, as well as ensuring your viability following the COVID-19 crisis?

As Ireland comes to terms with the human cost associated with COVID-19 we are also starting to focus on the next challenge: the economy. There is no doubt that the current seven week shut down, including five weeks of lock down, is an absolute necessity. However, it is now essential to assess the impact of the shutdown and put in place measures for a reopening of workplaces. The reopening of society will be gradual, the reverse of the stages taken at the outset of the pandemic, and the current projected date for the gradual opening up to begin is the 5th May. Where we will see a gradual opening up of businesses, we will see strict operating parameters in place – social distancing, hygiene precautions, reporting procedures, travel arrangements and contact tracing procedures. 

Companies hoping to reopen on this date will be required to have to a COVID-19 plan in place. Plans will need to detail the procedures that have been put in place to ensure full compliance with HSE requirements. In addition, companies will be required to nominate a person responsible for the implementation of this plan and to ensure the plan is updated where necessary.

Since the initial shut down, ASM has worked with several companies in developing plans for their workplaces. If you need assistance in reviewing your workplace and ensuring that your current plans are compliant with requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can contact ASM on 01 234 3724 / 021 2409072  or info@asmgroup.ie.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – An Overview

Coronavirus (Covid-19) – An Overview

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a newly identified strain of virus in the Coronavirus family, first discovered in 2019 in the Chinese province of Wuhan. The Coronavirus family also includes the common cold, Influenza, SARS and other viruses.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease, but it is not spread as easily as measles.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19

In the unlikely event that you contract COVID-19, you will probably feel very unwell, with symptoms that include fever, coughing, respiratory difficulties, loss of appetite, aches and pains and dehydration.

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person, through body fluids. It is mostly spread via coughing. Those who are first responders and health care workers, as well as family members of those infected, are most likely to contract COVID-19.

Current evidence suggests that infected people are not contagious during the incubation period of COVID-19, and only become infectious when they begin to show symptoms.

Is COVID-19 fatal?

COVID-19 is potentially fatal, and current mortality rates are between 2 and 3%. Most of the fatalities have been among the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, and the protective measures advised are important in order to protect these vulnerable groups. Children appear to be less affected than adults by COVID-19.

What should I do if I suspect I have COVID-19?

If you believe that you may have COVID-19, you should telephone your doctor and discuss your symptoms to see if any further intervention is required.

What if someone close to me has COVID-19?

If you know that someone has COVID-19, you should stay more than 2 meters away from them, and avoid spending more than 15 minutes with them. If you must be in closer proximity than 2 meters and for longer than 15 minutes, you should wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Face masks may be effective for people infected with COVID-19, reducing the likelihood of them spreading the virus through coughing. They may also be useful for family members, first responders and medical staff who have to be in close proximity to those who are infected.

What if I am infected with COVID-19?

People who are infected with COVID-19 will most likely be treated from home through the HSE’s community healthcare system and only those who are extremely ill will be hospitalised in order to avoid exposure and reduce the risk to the most vulnerable groups.

What can I do?

In order to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 and to protect vulnerable groups, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. You should wash hands for at least 30 seconds several times a day, especially after using the bathroom, before and after eating and after touching animals. Hand gels and sanitisers are less effective, but may be useful if you cannot access soap and water.

In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, it is important to avoid travel to known infected areas.



Chemical Agents Code of Practice 2020

Chemical Agents Code of Practice 2020

This Code of Practice is effective from January 17th 2020 and replaces the 2018 Code of Practice for the Chemical Agents Regulations. The 2020 Code of Practice has been re-structured to support both the Chemical Agents and Carcinogens Regulations, as amended. Schedule 1 now contains a list of all EU Commission derived occupational exposures limit values (OELVs) and includes new Binding OELVs from three recent amendments of the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive. Schedule 2 contains a list of Advisory OELVs derived from non-EU sources. Schedule 3 lists intended changes, (including the 5th Indicative OELV list). Schedule 4 lists carcinogenic substances, mixtures and processes and Schedule 5 contains the CAS number index.

Companies must REACH  Deadline by 31st May

Companies must REACH Deadline by 31st May

Irish chemical companies have until 31st May 2018 to meet the deadline date of the EU’s final REACH registration,
Irish chemical companies have until 31st May 2018 to meet the deadline date of the EU’s final REACH registration,