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STRATEGY TO SORT OUT REMOTE WORKING ON BOTH SIDES

The pandemic has seen a seismic shift in work practices. And with home working now the norm for thousands of employees across Ireland, and remote work hubs set to become increasingly popular, both employers and employees may have many issues to iron out before things go smoothly.

NEW CODE OF PRACTICE TO TACKLE WORKPLACE BULLYING

Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail Damien English TD has approved the publication of the new joint Code of Practice for Employers and Employees, between the HSA and the WRC on the Prevention and Resolution of Bullying at Work under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

DCU RESEARCH REVEALS FIRST RESPONDERS’ COVID CONCERNS

New research by Dublin City University on the experiences of pre-hospital first responders during the pandemic aims to help inform the current response to Covid-19 and help to build longer-term national resilience.

CORR OPTICAL FASHIONS IRELAND’S FIRST SAFETY EYEWEAR

Having launched Ireland’s first and only independent range of prescription and non-prescription safety eyewear in January, Corr Optical is setting its sights on customers in all industry sectors, including construction, medical, pharmaceutical, agriculture, healthcare, along with semi-state bodies, government departments and SMEs.

SUPREME SAFETY AWARD – TWO IN A ROW FOR PM GROUP

Supreme Safety Award winner for 2020 – PM Group – made safety award history by becoming the first organisation to win the top prize two years in a row, at an online ceremony of the 29th NISO/NISG Annual Occupational Safety Awards in January.

FINAL YEAR OF HSA PROGRAMME OF WORK (2019-2021)

The Health and Safety Authority’s Programme for Work 2021 sets out the Authority’s range of strategic objectives, such as the response to the pandemic, provision of advice on the requirements of Brexit, and supporting the Government’s National Remote Work Strategy.

UPDATE ON THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE FRAMEWORK

The Department of Health is currently in the process of updating content for the Healthy Workplace Framework, to take account of the new challenges of remote working and the ongoing changes since the start of the pandemic.

UK RESEARCH ZOOMS IN ON REMOTE WORKING FATIGUE

Working remotely during the UK’s first Covid-19 lockdown led to an increase in employees suffering from ‘zoom fatigue’ while generating a need for longer recovery time, according to the findings of the first study of its kind by London South Bank University (LSBU).

EU CAMPAIGNS TO ‘LIGHTEN THE LOAD’ FOR WORKERS

The latest two-year campaign rolled out by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is focusing on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which remain the most prevalent work-related problem.

IOSH STUDY ON RETURNING TO WORK AFTER MENTAL ILLNESS

A new research study, commissioned by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health  into workers’ mental health issues, has called on employers to take greater account of an employee's needs, and the need for more tailored approaches on returning to work.