Safety, Health and Wellbeing Calendar 2023
Quarter 1 (Jan-Mar) – Health & Wellbeing

January 2023

Fairness, Inclusion and Respect
To coincide with the theme, Dearbhla of SheConstructs recorded a 2-min. video entitled ‘Fairness, Inclusion & Respect’ and Jacinta M. Kitt has facilitated a 27-min. recorded webinar on The Importance of a Positive Work Environment for Effectiveness and Wellbeing.

From 11th January, ‘Ireland Lights Up (getirelandwalking.ie)’, with many GAA clubs putting on their floodlights so their community can walk and talk in a safe environment.

Attention is also drawn to Lung Cancer Awareness and to Cervical Cancer Screening; all women aged 25-65 are advised to have regular cervical screening tests.

February 2023

Mental Health
The CIF is delighted to support the work of the Lighthouse Club – The Construction Industry Charity, who provide emotional, physical and financial wellbeing assistance to our construction community. The charity also provides a confidential 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline.

On 4th Feb, we acknowledge World Cancer Day 2023. Cancer is attributed to the death of 10 million persons annually across the globe. More than 1/3 of cancer cases are preventable by taking measures to reduce personal exposure to tobacco, obesity, physical inactivity, infections, alcohol, environmental pollution, occupational carcinogens and radiation. Another 1/3 of cancers are curable when detected early and treated properly.

March 2023

Intoxicants
The abuse of an intoxicant (alcohol or drugs or prescribed drugs or over the counter prescriptions) may impair an individual’s overall wellbeing and ability to perform their job safely. As employees, we are all required to be fit for work and to remain fit to work throughout our shift. Check out HSE guidance on Alcohol and Smoking. We are reminded that 1 in 2 smokers worldwide will die of a tobacco-related disease.

The Lighthouse Club’s Tour campaign commences in Ireland from 6th March. Any Construction Companies in Ireland seeking a site visit for 2023 may register their interest here: #MakeItVisible

International Women’s Day 2023 falls on 8th March and is an opportunity to #EmbraceEquity. Please join the CIF in Dunboyne Castle on 8th March to discuss the importance this theme, with female representation at 9% of the overall construction workforce.

Member Toolbox Talks

January 2023 – Dignity at Work

“Fundamental to the concept of equality and respect for others in the
workplace is that the work environment should be free from any activity
that adversely affects the dignity and respect of people in the
workplace.”
Joe O’Dwyer, Head of Health & Safety, Collen

February 2023 – Winter Driving Checklist

“Enclosed is a winter driving checklist I rolled out prior to the recent cold snap. I obtained information from the RSA and HSA websites. It covers tips for driving in the winter and in adverse conditions, from being
prepared prior to the journey, being aware of hazards on the road, and tips in the event of a breakdown.”
Colum Costello, Group EHS Manager, SUIR Engineering

CIF Member-only Content

Tool Box Talk – Dust Prevention Measures

10th January 2023 pdf (761.26 KB)

Guidance Manual for RCS Dust

10th January 2023 pdf (1.93 MB)

Sample Policy on Intoxicants at Work

10th January 2023 docx (477.30 KB)

Management of Construction Dust

10th January 2023 docx, pdf, pptx, xlsx (14.45 MB)

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Useful Downloads

CIF – Toolbox Talk – Refocus on Site Safety

CIF – Toolbox Talk – Hazardous Substances

HSA – High visibility clothing for use around moving vehicles

HSE – Think Lung Cancer – Early Detection Improves Survival

Lighthouse Club – Lighthouse Club Poster

Lighthouse Club – All About Us – Lighthouse Club

Useful Links

Links are provided to resources, which reflect the focus areas for the months of January, February and March of 2023.

Useful Videos

A selection of videos is provided, relevant to the focus areas.

CIF – Dearbhla, SheConstructs – Fairness, Inclusion & Respect

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