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Check out our practical tips for home-based telework and protect your health

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In the current context of confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of European workers are forced to work from home full-time to cut down the risk of contracting the virus. A new reality that can take its toll on our health. Long periods of sedentary work, lack of physical exercise, working in isolation, blurring boundaries between paid work and private life and stress are some of the risks associated with telework that may have an impact on the musculoskeletal and mental health of workers.

Our brand new MSD database of practical tools and guidance makes it easy to assess and manage many MSD risks, including from telework. It contains links to resources from all across Europe: publications, case studies, guidance, practical tools, audio-visual materials. So far, more than 550 entries are available and regular updates will follow during the life of the 2020-22 Healthy Workplaces Campaign Lighten the Load.

Check out the database entries on MSDs and telework

Read the OSHwiki article with practical tips for home-based telework 

  • 21/04/2020

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A new amendment to the Construction Regulations was signed on April 2nd. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many operators within the construction industry have found it impossible to have Safe Pass cards renewed. The amendment extends the validity of current cards.

The full amendment text can be accessed at https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Legislation/SI-No-102-of-2020.html

Site shutdowns prompted by health and safety legislation, lawyer says

By Tom Lowe27 March 2020


Health and Safety Act trumps government advice, Fenwick Elliott partner adds

This week’s widespread shutdown of building sites across the UK has probably triggered by contractors realising their insurance does not cover claims for breaches of health and safety law, a leading construction lawyer has said.

Jon Miller, a partner at law firm Fenwick Elliott, said firms were more concerned with complying with the Health And Safety At Work Act than the government’s social distancing advice to keep sites open as long as workers could keep 2m apart at all times.


Health and Safety Authority.

With the schools closed and children at home, it’s vital that parents keep children safe and away from the dangerous areas on farms. Lots of useful guidance at https://www.hsa.ie/!AJNC5W Irish Farmers’ Association Teagasc ICMSA Macra na Feirme Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Irish Rural Link Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association


Basic Chainsaw Course

Course Description

•This comprehensive course covers the safety, maintenance of chainsaws and felling and processing of trees up to 15” (380mm) diameter.
•Suitable for candidates with little or no experience of chainsaw use.

Upon successful completion of assessment the learner will be awarded:
NPTC Level 2 award in Chainsaw, Maintenance and Crosscutting
NPTC Level 2 award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm
LANTRA certificates of attendance

Course structure
Day 1 – Classroom / Workshop based
Day 2 to 4 – Cutting Site
Day 5 – Assessment Day at cutting site

PPE (Helmet, gloves, trousers, boots) are available on loan for the duration of the course.
N.B. Learners must note that this is a physical course and a good standard of fitness is required.

Course Content

• Maintenance of the chainsaw.
• Protective clothing and safety features of the chainsaw.
• Chain sharpening, fuelling, oiling.
• Starting chainsaw and pre-start checks.
• Felling of small trees using various felling techniques.
• Snedding or de-limbing of felled trees.
• Cross cutting.
• Take down of hung-up trees using hand tools.

Duration: 5 days (4 days training, 1-day assessment)
Accreditation: – NPTC City & Guilds and Lantra

For further details contact sales at 053 94 26555                                                                    E-Mail sales@carnewtdc.ie