Safety, Health and Wellbeing Calendar 2023
Quarter 2 (Apr-Jun) – Safety by Example
Health & Wellbeing
The CIF has developed a Safety, Health and Wellbeing Calendar for 2023 to address the key focus areas for construction for the forthcoming year. Building upon the success of the annual Construction Safety Week, the intent is to promote a high level of focus on essential site safety considerations, as perceived by the CIF Safety and Health Subcommittee. Additionally, the calendar endeavours to provide an itinerary of key diary events for each calendar month to reflect national and international campaigns for safety, health and wellbeing.
The CIF for its part will provide toolbox talk materials and/or videos for each topic, which may be downloaded from the webpage to assist in communications. Additionally, persons are encouraged to share any lessons learned / best practices in health and safety through the CIF’s dedicated platform: Lesson Learned / Best Practice in Health & Safety – Construction Industry Federation (cif.ie)
Safety by Example
Often, the best leadership approaches are those that affect others’ attitudes, beliefs and behaviours, without need for formal authoritative means. This is at the core of health and safety management, whereby every worker is empowered (and possesses a duty of care), to protect their own safety, health and wellbeing, and that of their work colleagues. Jacinta M. Kitt has recorded a 27-min video for the CIF on the Importance of a Positive Work Environment for Effectiveness & Wellbeing and Dearbhla of SheConstructs has provided a 2-min. video entitled ‘Fairness, Inclusion & Respect’. Additionally, World Health Day 2023 falls on 7th April, and this year, WHO will observe its 75th birthday. This date represents an opportunity to motivate action to tackle the safety and health challenges of today, and tomorrow. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2023 will be commemorated on 28th April and will explore the topic of a safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental principle and right at work. We also recognise Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April, with almost 2,800 people diagnosed annually.
Skin Cancer Prevention
May 2023 is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland, with most cases caused by UV rays from the sun. While we may love to see the sun, it quickly becomes an occupational hazard to those working in it – Micheal Earley’s toolbox talk outlines the need to advises to check the UV Index daily and to follow public health advice. The CIF Health and Safety Summit 2023, as scheduled for Thu, 25th May at Croke Park provides an opportunity to discuss leading and managing safety and health in today’s construction industry. World No Tobacco Day 2023 falls on 31st May; not only is Smoking proven to be bad for health, it also contributes to deforestation of 200,000 hectares a year.
Health for All
International Men’s Health Week commences on 12th June. Research undertaken by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) highlights that men experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health and ultimately die younger than women do. As explained by Peter Quigley in his shared toolbox talk, poor lifestyles are responsible for a high proportion of chronic diseases, whilst late presentation of symptoms or ill health to medical experts can hinder treatment. World Environment Day (WED) falls on 5th June. The theme for 2023 is ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ and the hashtag is #GenerationRestoration. With circa 700 persons in Ireland diagnosed with kidney cancer annually, we recognise World Kidney Cancer Day on 15th June. The Construction Industry Helpline is a free, 24/7 confidential employee assistance helpline and app for everyone in the Irish construction industry; freephone 1800 939 122 / text HARDHAT to 50808. The Lighthouse Club Summer Lunch is scheduled for 9th June at Croke Park Conference Centre.
Member Toolbox Talks
April 2023 – Safety by Example
“The lowest standard that we demonstrate leading by example is the highest standard we can expect from others who follow. We believe that it is ok to make mistakes, and unacceptable not to learn from them. By working collaboratively, we can collectively improve.”
Paul Daly, HSQE Area Manager, Coffey
May 2023 – Skin Cancer Prevention
“I was young, naive and loved the sun. Rarely, if ever, did I suffer from sunburn but a phone call in my late 20s changed my ways when I got word that I had melanoma. What is that? I asked.
I didn’t pass any attention to the risks or preventative measures of sun exposure until that call. Luckily, and following operations and treatment, I am okay, and a priceless lesson was learned. Be smart: Protect your skin.”
Micheal Earley, Health and Safety Manager, Hegarty Demolition Ltd.
June 2023 – Health for All
“Potential Hazards: Ill health. Unhappiness. Chronic discomfort. Lack of energy. Distraction, frustration, annoyance displeasure or hostility.”
Peter Quigley, Head of Environment Health Safety and Sustainability, Wills Bros Ltd.
CIF Member-only Content
CIF Mental Health Report Aug 2020
13th March 2023 pdf (2.84 MB)
Tool Box Talk – Dust Prevention Measures
13th March 2023 pdf (761.26 KB)
Guidance Manual for RCS Dust
13th March 2023 pdf (1.93 MB)
Sample Policy on Intoxicants at Work
13th March 2023 docx (477.30 KB)
Other Member-only Content:
Bernie McDonnell – Introduction to Drug Awareness
Irish Heart Foundation – Healthy Living
A selection of videos is provided, relevant to the focus areas.
Understanding UV Index and what to do
Bernie McDonnell – Introduction to Drug Awareness
Bernie McDonnell – Physiological Impacts of Drugs
Bernie McDonnell – Effects of Alcohol Abuse
Bernie McDonnell – Effects of Illegal Drugs
Construction Workers Health Trust – CWHT Onsite
CIF – Safety by Example
Dearbhla, SheConstructs – Fairness, Inclusion & Respect
HILTI – Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS)
HSA – ‘In the blink of an eye’ – Peadar’s Story
HSE’ SunSmart – Steps for Outdoor Workers to Protect their Skin
HSE – HSE Health and Wellbeing YouTube
Irish Cancer Society – How Healthy Are Your Bowels?
Lighthouse Club – Overview of the FREE Construction Industry Helpline App
Lighthouse Club – Nudge App – FREE Financial Coach on your Phone
Robert Bradshaw – ‘In the blink of an eye’ – Robert’s Story
The Health Nerd – Importance of Sleep
CIF – Mental Health and Self-Care
CIF – Dignity at Work
CIF – Toolbox Talk for Mental Health and Wellbeing
CIF – Toolbox Talk for Men’s Health
CIF – Infographic for Skin Cancer Prevention for Site Workers
Healthy Ireland – Strategic Action Plan 2021-2025
Healthy Ireland – The Food Pyramid Poster
Healthy Ireland – The Food Pyramid
HSE – Skin Cancer Prevention Infographic
HSE – Template Workplace Sun Safety Policy
HSE – Sun Protection Initiative Monitoring Form
Lighthouse Club – Help Inside the Hard Hat Posters
National Cancer Control Programme – SunSmart Risk Assessment Tool
Safety Representatives in Construction Information Sheet June 2023
Links are provided to resources, which reflect the focus areas for the CIF for April, May and June of 2023.