Benefits of in-person training versus online training

Benefits of in-person training versus online training

The last couple of years have seen individuals and businesses alike adapt to an increasingly online world. During the pandemic, everything from work meetings to hen parties took place in the virtual world. It was a global survival strategy, and had many benefits. However, while the world has returned to the new normal, not everything has transferred back from online to in-person. Online professional training has become increasingly popular, with mixed outcomes for both participants and employers.

At ASM Group, we are independent health and safety consultants offering a broad range of services, including professional training. Now that in-person training is once again possible, we are back to providing gold standard health and safety expertise, teaching your colleagues to maintain a high level of health and safety in the workplace. We believe that training is best delivered in-person, for a whole host of reasons. Here is our guide to the benefits of in-person training.


What is in-person training?

In-person training refers to learning environments where course participants are in the same room as the instructor. Students, teachers, and the learning content all meet in one time and one place.


What is online training?

Online training refers to learning that takes place via the internet. This can mean courses taking place in real time via video conferencing software such as Zoom, or it can mean video courses that are pre-recorded and participants watch back in their own time.


What are the benefits of in-person training?

  1. Most people prefer in-person interaction

While online training becomes ever-more common, employers are often overlooking the preferences of their employees. But most people who are undertaking training much prefer to do so in person. They say they find it easier to learn, to concentrate, and to feel confident in their new knowledge, when it has been earned through a real interaction rather than a screen.

  1. In-person training is bespoke, every time

In person training will be tailored on the spot to each participant, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach online. Pre-recorded online sessions can’t compete with in-person learning, where a qualified instructor can answer specific questions as they come up. Participants in an in-person session can ask questions as they occur, pool knowledge with other course attendees, and try out their skills in demonstrations. It simply works better than waiting for a reply to an email.

  1. In-person training builds a team

Social interaction with your colleagues and peers can make in person training valuable as a team exercise as well as a learning experience. The knowledge and experience in the room will be shared, while your relationships with your colleagues will be strengthened through learning together. This networking can be really useful for participants with an eye on their careers, enlarging their group of contacts that might just help them in their next job move.

  1. Hands-on skills need to be taught in person

Hands-on learning, which much of ASM training is, is a lot easier in person. ASM offers courses that cover many physical aspects of health and safety in the workplace – from learning to give CPR, to the safe use of Personal Protective Equipment, specific operational skills for machines and equipment, and manual handling and lifting techniques. Learning any of these skills properly through a screen makes the task much harder, as they all by their very nature require physical demonstrations and practice. Course attendees need to be in a room with their instructor, in order to observe the physical procedures from all angles, and then try them out themselves, with corrections and help from the instructor. This kind of hands-on experience cannot be replaced by online learning.

  1. In-person courses give better learning outcomes

Most people find it easier to focus properly on in-person training, so it’s likely to have better learning outcomes. Those using on-screen training are liable to be distracted, to pause the video or to check their phone off-screen. There are therefore better retention and course completion rates for those receiving in-person training.

  1. Technology can’t let you down when you’re in-person

Ever tried to have an online meeting where you can’t see or hear the other people properly? Faulty internet connections, low bandwidth, tired computers – there is an endless list of potential problems that can seriously interfere with your online learning. An in-person course avoids all of these worries, allowing you to get on with your learning.

  1. Learn with all five senses

Learning, especially physical learning concerning health and safety subjects, should be a tactile experience. A screen cannot replace the sensations of physical presence, interaction, direct seeing, hearing, and experiencing. In-person lets you grab hold of new concepts and ideas, and inspires a sense of mastery in your ability to grow.

  1. Combine many types of learning

When you are learning in-person, you automatically combine many different ways of learning, giving you the best possible learning results. So you might absorb information by listening to the teacher’s words whilst also watching their gestures, hearing a fellow student’s question, and then taking part in a demonstration of the technique being discussed. Rather than the linear approach of online learning, you are using several different methods simultaneously to learn. This should give a better depth of knowledge and better knowledge retention in the long term – you are much more likely to remember interaction with your class mates and your part in a situational roleplay than you are likely to remember the content of a video.

  1. In-person training is more efficient

We are so much better at learning face-to-face. This makes in-person training a much more efficient way to educate your team – they will learn faster and retain information better at an in-person training session, meaning less time out of their jobs, and less need for top-up trainings in the future. This makes in-person training make more financial sense too.


Whether you are an employer needing to obtain training for your staff, or you are an employee hoping to improve your qualifications and career prospects, in-person training provides the gold standard in the world of health and safety. Online training might seem like a simpler option, but with much lower completion and achievement levels, it doesn’t compare well with the in-person alternative – especially when the health and safety of your colleagues and workplace is in question.

If you are in need of comprehensive certified health and safety training delivered in-person by expert professionals in Ireland, get in touch with ASM Group. As one of the leading health and safety training providers in Ireland, we know what it takes to inspire your team and make your workplace a healthier, happier environment. With a broad range of health and safety courses across all sectors, if you have a specific training requirement or simply need to comply with regulations, we can help. Our training courses are delivered in the classroom in ASM training venues as well as on our client sites. Our consultants deliver their expertise in national safety regulations compliance, risk assessment, and occupational safety at our training centres, as well as directly in the workplace.

As well as our own suite of accredited training courses, ASM Group also provides IOSH and PHECC approved courses. ASM Group has a dedicated pool of experienced instructors who are passionate about training delivery and are skilled in engaging our participants to ensure they attain the best possible benefits from the training they have received. If ASM Safety Training Courses sound like the health and safety solution for your workforce, call us today. Our friendly team will be able to advise on which of our training services will best suit your company.

Everything you need to know about Safe Pass in Ireland

Everything you need to know about Safe Pass in Ireland

If you work in the construction industries, you know it can be a dangerous working environment. Busy building sites present many potential accidents, and a well-run site is one that takes health and safety seriously. The whole team is safer when each individual is well drilled in the correct health and safety protocols. If you are working on a construction site in Ireland, the law requires that each worker complete a SOLAS Safe Pass qualification, in order to maintain safety standards across all construction workplaces. At ASM Group, we are experts in health and safety education, and can help you learn the best ways to keep safe whilst gaining the certifications you need for your job. Here is our guide to the SOLAS Safe Pass course.


What is a Safe Pass course?

The SOLAS Safe Pass course is mandatory training for all those involved in the construction industries in Ireland. The course is designed to maintain a high standard of on-site health and safety awareness, and to qualify all workers to gain access to construction sites. The content of the course is wide ranging, covering everything from legal regulations to hygiene. On the ASM Group SOLAS Safe Pass course, you can expect to learn about:

  • Health and safety legislation – your rights and responsibilities
  • Construction regulations – the dos and don’ts of working on site
  • The duties of employers and employees
  • Accident reporting protocol, and accident prevention systems
  • Working at height – safety tips and rules for elevated work
  • Personal protective equipment – when to use it, and how to use it
  • Safe use of hand-held portable equipment
  • Noise and vibration – how to contain it, and how to protect yourself and others from dangerous levels of either
  • Manual handling health and safety
  • Working near excavations
  • Working with electricity, overhead and underground services
  • Health and hygiene – how to maintain hygienic conditions on-site


Who is the Safe Pass course for?

The SOLAS Safe Pass course is a requirement for anyone working on a construction site in Ireland, but it can have benefits for anyone involved in manual work, who is interested in improving the safety and wellbeing of their team.

The strict legal requirement for the Safe Pass, under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013 Safe Pass / Safety Awareness Programmes only applies to –

(a) Craft and general construction workers,

(b) Persons undertaking on-site security work, and

(c) Persons or classes of persons as may be prescribed by the Minister.

However, there are many permutations in the workplace, so here are some examples of those who do and do not require a Safe Pass:

Category of personnel involved in Construction Projects Is Safe Pass or equivalent mandatory
Craft Workers, apprentices, general construction workers, working chargehands, on-site security workers, contractor drivers on-site, delivery drivers on-site (i.e. concrete trucks), students on placement on-site. Yes
Project managers and site agents who are not involved in construction activities, site managers who are not involved in construction activities, safety advisors or safety officers who are not involved in construction work, PSDP / PSCS, inspectors, consultants, clients and client reps, delivery drivers who are not on-site (i.e. delivering to compounds, canteens, offices), canteen staff, site office staff, architects, surveyors, engineers, supervised visitors, archaeologists (but see extra note on archaeologists), sales representatives, visitors to show houses. No


The table above details the strict minimum requirements, but an employer or contractor may require that all personnel entering their site have a Safe Pass. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 obliges employers to provide any information, instruction, training and supervision needed to ensure the health and safety of their employees at work.

A note on archaeologists and Safe Pass regulations

Archaeologists are not technically construction workers and as such there is no mandatory Safe Pass requirement. However, much of their work is in a construction-type environment, and so the employer should make an assessment on a case by case basis, as to whether a Safe Pass would be a useful asset for the archaeologist given their circumstances. It may well be that obtaining a Safe Pass would help the employer comply with their obligation to provide any necessary safety training for those working on their site.


How long does the Safe Pass course last?

The SOLAS Safe Pass course is a one day training session, after which all successful participants will be awarded their SOLAS Safe Pass card. The course timings are 8am – 5pm, with attendees requested to be at the venue 15 minutes before the course starts.


What requirements are there to do the SOLAS Safe Pass course?

Those wishing to do the ASM Group SOLAS Safe Pass course must be over 16 years of age and have a good standard of English. Additionally, they will need an Irish PPS number, a passport photo, a stamped and self-addressed envelope, and their photo ID (a passport, driving license, or public services card).


How long will my SOLAS Safe Pass qualification be valid for?

Once you qualify on the SOLAS Safe Pass course, your Safe Pass card will be valid for 4 years, after which time you will be required to refresh your knowledge. The ASM Group SOLAS Safe Pass course is suitable both for those who need to refresh their cards, and those who are qualifying for the first time.


How much is a SOLAS Safe Pass course in Ireland?

The ASM Group SOLAS Safe Pass course costs €170.


Who pays for the Safe Pass course?

Generally the employer pays for the Safe Pass course. Under section 10, 25 & 26 of the Safety, Health & Welfare at Work Act 2005, the employer is responsible for allowing employees time off from their duties for awareness training as may be reasonable having regard to their health and safety without loss of remuneration.


Can Safe Pass be done online?

The ASM Group SOLAS Safe Pass course takes place in person. We are currently running courses in Cork, and are available at other locations in Ireland if required. Get in touch with ASM Group today if you need help obtaining expert health and safety training for yourself or your workforce.


Is the SOLAS Safe Pass course hard?

The SOLAS Safe Pass course contains a lot of information and needs to cover a lot of ground in a short space of time. However, it has been designed to be approachable for everyone, and our experienced course leaders are ready to aid anyone who is struggling with an idea or concept. Some of the issues Safe Pass touches on are complex and will require your concentration. But there is no need to feel intimidated about doing the course; ASM Group are proud of their friendly team who can help everyone learn what they need to learn to be safe at work.


Can you fail a Safe Pass course?

The SOLAS Safe Pass course is a very well regarded qualification, and as such it isn’t simply handed out – those who wish to obtain the certification must prove that they have learnt and understood the course content. This is an important way to ensure a good standard of safety within the construction industry, and so, yes, it is possible to fail. However, our course instructors are experts in the field, and will be ready to help out anyone who is struggling. They are experienced in coaching a wide range of attendees with varying needs over the finish line. So if you turn up willing and ready to learn, you are very likely to achieve your Safe Pass qualification.


What age can you do the Safe Pass course?

Participants of ASM Group’s Safe Pass course must be over 16 years of age. All ages are welcome on the course, and it contains essential knowledge for those working in the construction industries, whatever your age.


What other benefits are there from doing the SOLAS Safe Pass course?

If you are involved with working in the construction industries, the chances are you will need a Safe Pass at some point in your career. Being qualified is a big bonus for prospective employers and so gives a boost to your CV as well as helping you stay safe on the job. The course is a great way to meet others in similar roles and even do some networking. Knowing you are Safe Pass qualified can help increase confidence and prepare you for taking the next steps in your career.


Do you need to do your SOLAS Safe Pass qualification?

If you are looking for health and safety training in Ireland, look to ASM Group. As leading providers of essential courses across the construction industries, we can ensure that your team are fully prepared for the challenges of their working environment. Our health and safety courses are renowned for their easy-to-understand efficacy. Whether you are an individual looking to attend a training session, or a company hoping to run a course for your team, we can help. Get in touch with ASM Group today if you are looking for Safe Pass Courses in Cork.

What is a Manual Handing Course and How Long Does it Last? [Ireland]

What is a Manual Handing Course and How Long Does it Last? [Ireland]

There are many workplaces in which it is essential to be able to move heavy loads around. Whether you are unloading stock or preparing products for shipping, it is a key health and safety tenet that all personnel involved in lifting be properly trained. This is where a manual handling course comes in.

What is a manual handling course?

A manual handling course is a key health and safety qualification for anyone involved in lifting and transporting heavy weights. The ASM Group Manual Handling course is intended for all personnel associated with the movement of loads. The health of employees should be of paramount concern to all employers. Back injuries can seriously affect quality of life, as well as ability to continue in employment. Equipping workers with the knowledge they need to properly look after their health while involved in heavy lifting tasks can drastically diminish the incidence of back and spinal injuries. A good grounding in proper manual handling makes a work force more efficient and productive, as well as safer.

Proper manual handling training will help workers be aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury. It will enable them to understand the need to use mechanical aids where possible, as well as assess the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment). They will learn how to implement the correct method of lifting to ensure minimal risk to themselves and others.

Why do a manual handling course?

Each workplace should take the health and safety of their workforce seriously. If the workplace involves transporting weighty items, employees are at risk of injury through lifting incorrectly or attempting to move too much weight at one time. In order to encourage a healthy working environment, and guard against accident and injury, employees should complete a manual handling course. This will enable them to complete their duties, efficiently moving the necessary loads, whilst retaining a high level of health and wellbeing.

What will I learn on a manual handling course?

The ASM Group Manual Handling course aims to cover all the essentials for safe movement of loads. This includes:

  • Legislation to do with lifting in the workplace – your duties and responsibilities as an employee, and your employers duties and responsibilities to you.
  • Learning about anatomy and the musculoskeletal system, in order to use it to best effect and not put it under unnecessary strain.
  • Learning about body mechanics, and how best to avoid injury.
  • Learning about fitness and flexibility – how to increase and maintain both, including beneficial exercises and dietary recommendations.
  • Hazards and risk identification (TILE) to minimize accidents in the workplace.
  • Principles of lifting – how to safely complete manual handling jobs.
  • Safe use of mechanical aids to help with lifting and transporting.
  • A practical skills demonstration and putting your new knowledge into practice.


How long does the ASM Group Manual Handling course last?

The ASM Group Manual Handling course takes half a day. Participants are required to be medically fit enough to take part in the physical lifting and bending part of the course. A good level of English is also necessary in order to complete the course, which is assessed via both written and practical tests.


Do you need to complete a manual handling course?

If your job involves any element of lifting, the answer is yes. ASM Group run our Manual Handling course in Cork, and a whole range of workplace trainings both in person and online. If you need health and safety training of excellence in Ireland, look to ASM Group.

Who needs first aid training and why do a first aid course? [Ireland]

Who needs first aid training and why do a first aid course? [Ireland]

Picture the scene: it’s a normal day at work, you are powering through your tasks and thinking about your plans for the evening. Then – an accident happens. Somebody is badly hurt, you are panicked, and the worst thing is – you have no idea what to do. After calling the emergency services, you wait and watch while the situation deteriorates.

Now imagine the same situation, but with one key difference: you have completed your first aid training. Despite being scared and distressed, you nonetheless keep calm, knowing you are helping. When the emergency services arrive, they tell you how much you have helped, and how much worse it would have been if nobody had been able to take immediate action.

While everyone likes to think it will never happen to them, every year the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) records thousands of workplace injuries. In 2019 (the last full year of records before statistics are impacted by pandemic restrictions), there were 9358 non-fatal injuries, and 47 fatal accidents, reported to the Authority. First Aid is the initial assistance given to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening and promote chances of recovery. It is the key to better outcomes for everyone when accidents and injuries happen.

Who needs first aid training?

Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, anywhere. In the workplace, they are relatively common. As such, first aid training is a valuable tool for anyone and everyone. As an employee, the best way to empower yourself against accidents, and to ensure the best possible outcomes when accidents do happen, is to keep up to date with your first aid training.

First aid training is of huge benefit to employers as well. Injuries mean bad publicity for your company, and time off for your employees. This decreases productivity, and potentially gives rise to huge legal fees should you be found in any way negligent in the care of your workforce. Ensuring as many employees as possible receive comprehensive first aid training is the most effective way to mitigate the impacts of the accidents that do inevitably happen in every workplace.

First aid training is for everyone

While some roles come with more responsibility than others, anyone who wants to help make their work environment safer should be offered the chance to complete first aid training. From an employee’s perspective, not only does it offer the immediate practical advantage of knowing what to do in an emergency, but first aid training also looks great on your C.V., boosting your qualifications and your confidence. Whatever your role within a business, you could be present at the scene of an accident or a colleague could be taken ill, so rather than rely on others to know what to do, empower yourself by completing a first aid course. Whether you are the CEO or just starting out on the career ladder, you can benefit from attending first aid training.

Why do a first aid course?

At ASM Group, we provide first aid training in Cork. Our courses are Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) certified, which is the recognised standard for occupational first aid in Ireland. If you would like to help create a healthier, happier workplace; improve your confidence; feel empowered to deal with difficult situations; improve the productivity and morale of your workplace; or simply want to ensure you are in the best position to help when an accident or injury occurs, then complete a first aid course with ASM today.

How many first aiders are required for a workplace in Ireland?

How many first aiders are required for a workplace in Ireland?

If you are an employer in Ireland, you are required by law to comply with various health and safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of your staff and customers. A key feature is that you must have a minimum number of qualified first aiders amongst your workforce, to deal with any issues or accidents as they arise. However, the detail of what must be provided varies according to the type of workplace, the number of employees, and the outcomes of a risk assessment. The requirements have been set out by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), in their Guidelines on First Aid at Places of Work document, which is part of the Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations. At ASM, we can help you navigate the complexities of health and safety legislation, and help you provide a happy, healthy workplace for all. Here is our guide to first aiders in the workplace in Ireland.

The first step when establishing your requirements for first aiders in the workplace should be conducting a thorough risk assessment. You will need to consider the number of people employed, and the number of people on site at any one time; the nature of the work; the degree of danger involved; the current level of accidents; the size and location of the workplace and how close you are to medical facilities. For most types of workplace, where there are less than 99 employees, the official requirement is simply for there to be 1 qualified first aider, if the risk assessment shows it to be necessary. However, workplace accidents are a common occurrence and if you have only one qualified first aider it will be impossible to ensure they are on site at all times. Employers should therefore consider one qualified first aider as a bare minimum. To provide a comfortable level of health and safety care to your team and customers, you should ensure that as many staff as possible receive some level of emergency care training.

If you are in charge of a bigger workplace, the requirements become more specific. Between 100 – 399 employees require at least 1 first aider, while between 400-699 require at least two. The largest workplaces – those with over 700 employees – require a further first aider for every 300 extra people. Likewise, the nature of the workplace can affect the number of first aiders needed. The most dangerous environments require much more stringent health and safety provisions, with underground mines needing 1 first aider for every 10 employees. Similarly, there are different guidelines for construction sites, factories, quarries, and surface mines. These all need a minimum of 1 first aider for between 50 – 149 employees, 2 between 150 – 299 employees, and an extra first aider for every 150 people if there are more than 300 employees.

The recognised standard for occupational first aid in workplaces in Ireland is the Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) First Aid Response (FAR) training. At ASM Group, we provide PHECC certified FAR training, both for beginners, and as a refresher course. Our dynamic and engaging FAR courses give participants a thorough grounding in coping with accidents and emergencies, from performing CPR to using a defibrillator. FAR training empowers your workforce, giving colleagues confidence, and reassuring them that they work for a company that cares about them. If you are looking for first aid courses in Cork would like to ensure that you provide the safest possible workplace for your team, look into providing First Aid Responder training through ASM today.

How many first aiders are required for a workplace in Ireland?

How long does a first aid training certificate last for in Ireland?

Completing your first aid training is a big achievement, and one you may feel pleased to tick off your To Do list. But before you assume it is done and you need not think about it anymore, you should check how long your certification will last. Here at ASM Group, we are experts in all things health and safety. Our first aid courses empower employees and employers alike to feel confident in the emergency medical skills of their workforce. This is our guide to how long a first aid training certificate lasts in Ireland, and when you might need to book on to a refresher course.

How long does first aid certification last?

At ASM Group, our PHECC certified first aid certificates last two years. In Ireland, in order to be a qualified first aid responder, you are required to refresh your skills every two years. When it becomes time to refresh your first aid certificate, you don’t need to take the full beginners first aid course again, but can instead take the refresher course, which is tailored to those who already have a grounding in first aid knowledge.

Other types of first aid course

It is worth being aware that there are different types of first aid certification, and that these can have different expiry dates. Your workplace may have specific requirements which may mean your employer chooses to send you on a specific type of first aid course, such as one specialising in the use of an AED defibrillator, or one that gives you specific knowledge about paediatric first aid at work. Your employer’s first aid needs assessment will take in the number of employees, the level and types of risk in your workplace, and the overall health of the workforce. This will help them determine what type of first aid qualification you need to obtain.

Do I need a first aid certificate?

First aid certificates are a requirement for anyone who is named as the official first aider in their workplace. However, first aid qualifications are a good idea for everyone. They give you the knowledge to know how to act for the best in the event of an accident. This can drastically improve outcomes for all involved, as swift and correctly applied medical knowledge is the best remedy for injuries. Having a first aid certificate can also improve your confidence in the workplace, as you will feel well equipped to deal with whatever happens.

Why do first aid certificates expire?

It may seem like a frustrating technicality that your first aid certificate needs refreshing, but it is an important part of ensuring everyone stays safe. As you will not use your first aid skills on a regular basis, it is unlikely that you will remember all the information in enough detail to remain safe. If you become a bit hazy on the details of what to do in the event of someone choking or needing CPR, your first aid skills will not be up to the task of managing in an emergency. Taking a first aid refresher course every two years enables you to maintain a high level of knowledge that you will easily be able to recall when needed, even though you don’t have cause to use it that often.

Are you looking for a first aid refresher course in Cork? If you are searching for professional first aid training or health and safety consultancy for your business or workplace, look to ASM Group. Our team of qualified consultants can provide a complete range of high quality services, from risk assessment and overseeing business compliance with health and safety regulations; to staff safety training in the workplace, on location, or for safe equipment use. To get all the benefits of professional first aid training for your team, get in touch with ASM Group today.

Why first aid training is important in the workplace [Ireland]

Why first aid training is important in the workplace [Ireland]

Whether you are an employer or an employee, being required to attend first aid training means taking time out of your busy working day. You might feel that it is a distraction from your job, that it is lowering your productivity, or that it is even wasting your time. But workplace accidents are a serious concern, with negative health implications for those affected and disastrous financial consequences for companies. At ASM, we provide first class first aid training for the workplace. Here’s why it is important, for everyone.

When you are relaxed into your daily routine, it can seem unthinkable that an accident could occur. But accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. It is both a legal and moral responsibility for employers to look after the health and safety of their workers whilst in the workplace, whilst if you are an employee on the scene of an accident, you want to know what to do for the best. Here are our top five reasons why first aid training is important in the workplace.

  • First aid training helps prevent worse outcomes

If all those at the scene of an accident know the correct medical response, and can act straightaway, the severity of any injuries suffered is likely to be reduced. Prompt medical action is the best way to mitigate the effects of an accident.

  • First aid training reduces the number of accidents and deaths

First aid training encourages employees to be safety conscious, helping to limit the number of accidents that occur. Deaths are also less likely, as those who have been trained will know how to help in the event of common causes of death, such as choking or poisoning. With many workplace deaths being preventable, first aid training is an essential investment.

  • First aid training encourages better morale

Employees who know their employer cares enough about their welfare to invest in first aid training will feel more positive about their jobs, and more confident in their roles. First aid training can be seen as a great team building exercise, as it fosters a sense of community and of each employee caring for those around them.

  • First aid training is an asset to your organisation

Reputable first aid training helps to maintain a positive perception of a company’s brand, as well as maintaining an employer’s legal obligation to look after the health and safety of employees. Employees who know their employer cares about them will be more productive, and less prone to absenteeism. The company will function in a more unified way, with lower staff turnover and an improved company image.

  • First aid training improves productivity

When employees are absent due to accidents, it costs employers a lot of money. It reduces productivity, and there are also sick pay bills and even legal fees, if there is any question of liability for the accident. First aid training makes solid financial, as well as moral, sense, for both employers and employees.

If you are searching for professional first aid training or health and safety consultancy for your business or workplace, look to ASM Group. Our team of qualified consultants can provide a complete range of high quality services, from risk assessment and overseeing business compliance with health and safety regulations; to staff safety training in the workplace, on location, or for safe equipment use. Our training courses equip your colleagues with the knowledge to maintain these health and safety fundamentals without requiring external help. To get all the benefits of professional first aid training in Cork for your team, get in touch with ASM Group today.

10 Benefits of doing the IOSH Managing Safely course

10 Benefits of doing the IOSH Managing Safely course

The IOSH Managing Safely course is ever-popular amongst managers, team leaders, and supervisors. As a widely recognized qualification, it is well sought after by people of many different industries. However, in a busy world full of pressures on your time, why should the IOSH Managing Safely course be a priority? At ASM Group, our IOSH Managing Safely course is quite popular amongst industry professionals, and participants feel it is a course with many benefits. So here are our top ten benefits to completing the IOSH Managing Safely course.

1. It makes work safer

Perhaps the most important benefit, and a strong motivation for many to do the course, are the health and safety benefits. Employees can feel secure in knowing there is an excellent health and safety policy being implemented in their workplace. Managers and team leaders have been educated in the best ways to anticipate and therefore, preventing injuries and sickness. They know how to be proactive in minimizing workplace risks and hazards. This creates a happier, safer, and more productive workplace for everyone.

2. It is great for your career

The IOSH Managing Safely course is a real asset for anyone’s CV. In demand by employers, it is a qualification that provides a great introduction to the world of health and safety. IOSH is a globally-recognized brand in occupational health and safety, and therefore whatever your field, being able to list this course on your resume is a huge boost.

3. It maximises productivity

There is nothing more disruptive in the workplace than sickness. Employees will need time off and potentially employer support following any injuries or sickness that occurs through their job. If you are a manager hoping to meet productivity goals, it is logical for you to learn how to mitigate the risk of workplace illness and accident, through excellent health and safety procedures. Completion of this course will then enable you to meet your goals that much more efficiently.

4. It clarifies responsibility

As the manager or team leader, it is reassuring to have a full understanding of your role and responsibilities in the workplace. If you are qualified to identify workplace hazards, evaluate and reduce risks to your team, you can relax in knowing that you have the knowledge to fulfill your responsibility to everyone.

5. It explains health and safety legislation in the workplace

The IOSH Managing Safely course gives supervisors and team leaders a thorough understanding of health and safety legislation as it applies to their workplace. This ensures they can operate and comply with Irish health and safety law – a vital component to the running of any company.

6. It is a great use of time!

The IOSH Managing Safely course from ASM Group takes only three days. This high impact course delivers a huge amount in a very short space of time, so even those with the most packed schedules can sign up and enjoy its benefits.

7. It serves your community

Ensuring everyone from management to team members has a great knowledge of health and safety fulfils your corporate social responsibility to protect and serve the community of which you are part. When accidents happen in commercial spaces, the impact is felt by the surrounding community, and so equipping your management with the health and safety knowledge to create a safe working environment is a service to everyone.

8. It improves your confidence

Managers and team leaders can only operate successfully if they are confident. It is essential that they know their duties and responsibilities and feel sure that they know how to help their company operate as it should. Clear and expert training on health and safety can give them the confidence they need to run a safe and efficient workplace where everyone can thrive.

9. It is an internationally recognized qualification

IOSH – the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health – is an internationally recognized body that ensures excellence in health and safety standards across the world. Countries that recognize IOSH qualifications include the UK, UAE, Singapore, Oman, Qatar, and many others. IOSH members include around 47,000 individuals working in 130 countries. This is great news if you should choose to work abroad at any point, giving you a directly transferrable. And it’s great for your company too, if they have an international operation. IOSH is the largest health and safety membership operation in the world, so if you need a health and safety qualification, this is a great option.

10. It saves you money

In the long term, the IOSH Managing Safely course is a money saver, as it reduces the incidence of workplace accidents. Accidents are costly in terms of sick-pay, repairing any damage done, and hiring in extra help to cover for workers who are off sick. The situation could be much worse if there is any kind of legal question about health and safety – legal fees are extremely costly. By ensuring your management team have completed the IOSH Managing Safely course, you are mitigating the risks of workplace hazards, making the difficulty and expense of an incident far less likely. You are also ensuring your team have the knowledge to comply with health and safety legislation, to avoid any question of negligence lawsuits.

If you are working in a management role in Ireland, and are hoping to progress in your career, you should consider the ASM Group IOSH Managing Safely course. Likewise, if you are a company keen to ensure your team leaders are equipped to create a safe and legally sound workplace for everyone, then ASM Group can help. The IOSH Managing Safely course has myriad applications across all industries, and a huge number of benefits for employees and employers alike. ASM Group are specialist providers of health and safety training in Ireland. Our consultants deliver their expertise in national safety regulations compliance, risk assessment, and occupational safety at our training centres and online, as well as directly in the workplace. If you are searching for professional health and safety training or consultancy for your business or workplace, look to ASM Group. Our team of qualified consultants can provide a complete range of high quality services, from risk assessment and overseeing business compliance with health and safety regulations; to staff safety training in the workplace, on location, or for safe equipment use. Our training courses equip your colleagues with the knowledge to maintain these health and safety fundamentals without requiring external help. To get all the benefits of the IOSH Managing Safely course for your team, get in touch with ASM Group today.

The Importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Construction Industry

The Importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Construction Industry

According to the Chartered Institute of Building (COIB 2020), the topic of mental health in the Construction Industry is one that requires serious attention. In a survey of over 2000 construction professionals, 97% of respondents noted stress to be the most common mental health issue.  According to the COIB (2020), stress can be found in many different forms, including:

  • Physical stress – engaging in activity that puts undue stress on the body i.e., lack of sleep, lack of routine, excessive alcohol consumption
  • Environmental stress – influences from the external environment that adds stress to an individual’s life i.e., work pressure, uncertainty of employment and social isolation
  • Traumatic life events that can create stress i.e., bereavement, illness/accident
  • Chronic stress – stress experienced over a prolonged period due to long lasting issues such as debt, prolonged drug and alcohol use, accommodation issues/homelessness.

Tight deadlines, large workloads and uncertainty regarding future work, compounded by a culture of keeping issues regarding one’s mental health to oneself and not seeking help, can create a detrimental situation for workers whereby they experience extreme levels of stress without accessing any supports to appropriately manage high stress levels.

However, a culture of silence surrounding mental health issues is not only isolated to industry. A worker who is struggling with their mental health may well find that the culture of the wider society in which they reside may or may not be receptive to the idea of seeking help for mental health issues. According to the COIB (2019), each country approaches the topic of mental health differently, and while mental health in the construction industry is a global issue, cultural differences lead to differences in how cultures view mental health and wellbeing, as well as attitudes to seeking help for mental health issues. According to the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), mental health has become an increasingly important issue in Irish culture, with the culture surrounding mental health starting to change. That said, according to the CIF, Irish culture has historically been more hostile to issues surrounding mental health, with a great deal of shame felt by sufferers of mental health issues and their families.

A 2007 HSE report states that attitudes to mental health would indicate that those who suffer from mental health problems still experience some stigma, with six in ten adults stating that if they had a mental health issue, they would not want people knowing about it. A 2021 survey conducted by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services revealed that 89% would tell someone if they were experiencing a mental health difficulty. The increase in willingness to disclose mental health issues expressed by participants of the 2021 study that attitudes towards mental health in Ireland have indeed improved.

What are some things you can do to manage stress and your mental health? The HSE (2018) advise the following:

  • Physical exercise such as walking or running, which can help relieve stress in the body.
  • Breathing exercises, which help relax the body and calm the mind.
  • Set realistic goals so that you do not overexert yourself, adding additional stress.
  • Try to avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking. While these can mitigate stress in the short term, they are not effective/healthy long term coping mechanisms for stress.
  • Speak to someone if you are struggling with stress/mental health
  • Be mindful of your thoughts – observe what you are thinking and try to identify if your outlook may be unduly negative with regards certain situations

At ASM Group, we specialise in Health and Safety training and consultancy. However, given the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the construction industry, we have developed a mental health and wellbeing training course.

This course, which involves four one-hour sessions delivered weekly over four weeks is designed to aid individuals in the identification of symptoms associated with stress, anxiety, and depression, deal with emotions and effectively cope with change, develop self-leadership skills, and use simple proven practices to improve connection with self and others. From an organisational perspective, this course is designed to reduce absenteeism, improve workplace productivity, improve individual and team performance, and empower action leading to long term effectiveness within the organization.

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing course content includes:

  • Research into effects of stress and negative thinking.
  • Exploring learned behaviours and perspectives.
  • Empowering approaches to fear, failure, and insecurity.
  • Practical exercises to relax and rejuvenate the system.
  • The role of compassion and how this impacts authenticity.

If you have any questions about the course please email Linda Costello on

ASM Group training gains IOSH approval, furthering their mission to become Ireland’s top health and safety consultancy

ASM Group training gains IOSH approval, furthering their mission to become Ireland’s top health and safety consultancy

We at ASM Group are delighted to announce that two of our courses, our Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) training, and our Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) training, are now approved by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). These newly IOSH approved courses join a host of other specialist IOSH accredited courses, seriously bolstering ASM’s goal of becoming the number one provider of health and safety training in Ireland.

To celebrate our new IOSH certifications, ASM Group are offering an introductory price of only €295 for the IOSH PSDP training course that is taking place on July 20th. There are only limited available places and the standard price is €390.

ASM Group are an independent firm of health and safety consultants, established in 2003. Offering a broad range of health and safety services, with specialism in the construction sector, we have been steadily growing each year. Based in Cork and Dublin, we work across Ireland providing a full range of health and safety services. Our training courses offer a wide group of industries invaluable health and safety education, helping employers comply with legal requirements, and working towards safer workplaces for all.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is the officially chartered body and world’s largest membership organisation for health and safety professionals. They advise governments and NGOs and set national and international standards for health and safety. As such, their course approval provides a clear stamp of the very best quality. The IOSH brand stands for excellent products, high quality standards and thought leadership in safety and health. An IOSH course has been thoroughly assessed to ensure that it contains relevant health and safety information, pitched at the appropriate level, and that it meets the highest standards for trainer competence and course quality.

ASM Group adds these two newly approved courses to our evergrowing range of IOSH courses. We offer everything from IOSH Managing Safely to IOSH Design and Management Regulations, providing employers with the training they need, peace of mind and excellent value. Such a strong portfolio of IOSH approved courses furthers ASM’s goal of becoming Ireland’s top provider of health and safety training.

Managing Director of ASM Jim Horgan said,

“We are immensely proud of gaining IOSH approval for two more of our training courses. We provide essential education of excellence, and care passionately about the huge impact good health and safety practice can make in high-risk work environments. To be recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health in this way only reinforces how successful our training solutions have been ever since we launched. We now run more than 30 individual courses and aspire to be the number one health and safety training provider in Ireland.”

Sign up to ASM Group’s July 20th IOSH PSDP training course and receive a special introductory offer of only €295 (standard price is €390).

For training course enquiries please contact Linda Costello:

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