CIF Health and Safety

The role of the CIF Safety and Health department is to act as the voice of the contracting sector of the construction industry and to drive a positive health, safety and wellbeing culture throughout the industry. It does this by working closely with member committees and industry stakeholders.

The department benefits greatly from a long-established Safety and Health Subcommittee. Members of the committee comprise of CIF member representatives and appointed industry stakeholders, all on a voluntary basis.

Health & Safety


CIF Health & Safety Services

The management of health and safety issues is a key concern for the construction industry in Ireland. Therefore, the CIF has a dedicated department to manage the needs of members in this area. Policy in this area is overseen by the CIF Safety and Health Subcommittee.

The department offers the following range of services to CIF members:

  • Expert advice, guidance and information on regulatory compliance and best practice.
  • Access to Chartered Health & Safety professionals.
  • Representation on industry and company issues to Government, statutory agencies, including the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), client bodies and through the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (CSPAC).
  • Public and in-house specialised management and development programmes, briefings and seminars.
  • Live, in-person and online events, with an opportunity to network with industry experts.
  • Real-time updates on pertinent health, safety and wellbeing issues.
  • Annually, the CIF Safety, Health and Wellbeing Calendar provides an itinerary of key diary events to reflect CIF, national and international campaigns for safety, health and wellbeing.
  • Construction Safety Campaign is an annual initiative run by the CIF. The goal is to eliminate accidents at work and to drive continual improvement in safety and health performance.
  • Sharing of Lesson Learned / Best Practice in Health & Safety.

Safe-T-Cert is a certification scheme designed for certifying the Safety Management Systems of contractors working in the construction industry.

The CIF represents the views of contractors at the highest level on such bodies as the Health and Safety Authority, SOLAS and the Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (CSPAC). Members can feed their experiences and insights directly into these fora via the Federation’s Branch and Association structure, helping to shape the implementation of a practical, cost effective and successful industry-wide Health and Safety policy environment for Ireland’s construction industry.

Chair – Frank Kelly (CIF President and Construction Director, Walls Construction)

Secretariat – Dermot Carey (CIF Director, Safety and Training)

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Key Contacts

Dermot Carey

Director, Safety and Training

Dermot Carey heads up Safety & Training Department within the CIF. Dermot has responsibility for developing and guiding the CIF’s policy in these areas. Along with shaping policy, the role involves liaising with Government departments, Education sector and members on issues and providing assistance with member safety regulatory compliance. Included in this role is the operation of the Safe-T-Cert accreditation service and its day-to-day operations in the Republic of Ireland.

Robert Butler

Head of Learning & Development

Robert Butler heads up the CIF Learning & Development Department and has responsibility for developing and delivering the CIF’s CPD programmes as well as the externally accredited training programmes. Robert has responsibility for developing new content including elearning modules with our business partners.

Mandy McElkearney

Administrator, Safe-T-Cert

Mandy provides administration for Safe-T-Cert, which is a is a certification scheme designed for certifying the Safety Management Systems of contractors working in the construction industry. The Scheme’s objective is to improve health and safety management by providing objective standards and certifying those contractors whose safety management systems have been assessed.

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