The CIF Health and Safety Summit 2022

 

REINFORCING THE SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF OUR WORKFORCE TO ENSURE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES SUCCEED IN DELIVERING IRELAND’S AMBITIONS IN HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Tuesday 24th May 2022, Croke Park, Dublin

8:00

Registration, Networking Arrival Break and Exhibition Viewing

8:30

Welcome and opening remarks from the Chair

Dr Róisín Murphy

Dr Róisín Murphy

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, TU Dublin

8:35

OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CIF H&S COMMITTEE CHAIR

Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly

Chairman, Health & Safety Committee, Construction Industry Federation (CIF)

8:40

PANEL DISCUSSION

Reinforcing the safety, health and wellbeing of our workforce

Safety and health have been critical issues in the construction industry over the last two years and will remain at the centre of all activities through 2022 and beyond as the industry continues to navigate a “post-pandemic” world. The panel will examine best practices, latest policy updates and how to address the challenges facing the sector.

  • How can industry and regulators collaborate to improve health and safety outcomes across the sector?
  • What are the key priorities for the industry as it works to meet its vision of healthy, safe and productive lives and enterprises?
  • What progress has been made on the key areas identified in the Construction Safety Action Plan 2022 – 2024 in order to help improve safety and health?

 

Michelle Quinn

Michelle Quinn

Co-Chair Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee (CSPAC), SIPTU

Mark Cullen

Mark Cullen

Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Health & Safety Authority

Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly

Chairman, Health & Safety Committee, Construction Industry Federation (CIF)

9:05

Building on the path of reform

Reform in Action in Personal Injuries – this presentation will show how the past year has been a transformational one in the personal injuries system in Ireland, with developments such as the PI Guidelines implemented by PIAB. Rosalind will update delegates on the accelerating reform process, and enhancements to PIAB’s service such as mediation.

Rosalind Carroll

Rosalind Carroll

Chief Executive Officer, Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB)

DELIVERING THE VISION FOR IRELAND: THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF SAFETY TRAINING

9:20

PANEL DISCUSSION

The changing landscape of safety training

The economic outlook for 2022 and the medium-term is largely positive. The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is estimating that it will need to recruit approximately 1,000 people per month for the coming years to meet building demand. With increased activity and additional workers needed to deliver the Government’s ambition in housing and infrastructure, it is crucial that the industry drives continual improvement in health and safety.

 

  • What skills and qualifications are going to be most vital for on and off site workers in this decade of transformation?
  • How can we introduce more diversity & inclusion in our workforce?
  • What capabilities will be essential to shape and deliver the projects of the future?
David Smith

David Smith

Director, Construction, Quality and Green Skills Delivery, Further Education and Training Authorit

Sarah Miley

Sarah Miley

Principal Officer, Apprenticeship & Public Policy Partnering, Department of Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

Shane Cahill

Shane Cahill

Consultant, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

9:50

PANEL DISCUSSION

How to retain staff and address skill shortages

Attracting jobseekers to a safe, valuable, long-term career in construction is crucial in order for to deliver its vision for Ireland. The panel will discuss upskilling and retaining a competent and contented workforce as well as renewing the focus on new entrants, returners and self-employed workers.

Debbie Treacy

Debbie Treacy

Head of HR, Walls

Maura Winston

Maura Winston

Chief People Officer, Cairn Homes

Trish Gillespie

Trish Gillespie

Talent Manager, Collen Construction & part-time HR Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin

10:20

CASE STUDY

What can we do to make risk compliance easier?

Brian Molloy

Brian Molloy

Inspector, Health & Safety Authority (HSA)

WORKER WELLBEING – HOW LEADERS CAN REINFORCE WELLBEING IN THE WORKPLACE

10:35

PANEL DISCUSSION

Improving psychological safety in the workplace

Workforce wellbeing has become a business priority. There is increased awareness of its links to business performance, operational resiliency and sustainability. This panel will discuss how the industry will continue to put both the physical & mental health and the safety of its workforce at the centre of everything it does, how it can build back better to create a strong and resilient workforce and how building resilience into business will benefit both people and the bottom line. It will also examine how to make strategical and structural improvements to reduce stress in the workplace.

  • How do we recognise poor mental health and respond to crisis points including suicide risk?
  • What support infrastructures are most effective to implement across various scales of organisations?

 

Niamh Gilmore

Niamh Gilmore

Group Health & Wellbeing Coordinator, Mercury

Colleen Milligan

Colleen Milligan

Regional Ambassador, Lighthouse Club

Niamh McNulty

Niamh McNulty

Health & Safety Manager, Coffey

11:05

Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing

11:35

PANEL DISCUSSION

Leadership behaviours: adopting a culture change from the top down

How can leaders tackle mental health issues to promote a culture of risk prevention?
What improvements can be introduced into the workplace to reduce psycho-social risk and promote better mental health of both on-site and remote workers?

Marie-Josee Boesten

Marie-Josee Boesten

Founder, MJ Coaching & Consulting

Sharon Mc Guinness

Sharon Mc Guinness

CEO, Health and Safety Authority (HSA)

Brenda O’Brien

Brenda O’Brien

Manager, Brussels Liaison Office, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

THE IMPACT OF DIGITAL INNOVATION ON SAFETY

12:05

PANEL DISCUSSION

IT solutions to health and safety problems

The panel will include discussions on:

  • the increasing use of technology in the workplace and the challenges and opportunities this can present in keeping our workplace safe
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM), the foundation of digital transformation in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry
  • digital transformation in modern & modular methods of construction
  • how to improve safety management in the adoption of these new technologies and innovations
  • the hazards and risks associated with innovation
  • the impact advanced technology will have on site safety
Kieran Rudden

Kieran Rudden

Environment, Health & Safety Manager, Modern Homes Ireland

Niall Keane

Niall Keane

Director, Niaron Construction & Civil Engineering Ireland

Brendan Maloney

Brendan Maloney

CEO & Co-Founder, Skillko.com

Paul Kelleher

Paul Kelleher

Group HSE Manager, Specialist Technical Services (STS)

ADDRESSING THE RISKS TO REINFORCE THE SAFETY OF OUR WORKFORCE

12:35

Construction Industry Health and Safety Benchmarking

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has piloted a health and safety incident and near miss recording database. Aside from direct benefits to the participating companies, there are significant benefits to the industry and for wide research. This is an initiative which the participating companies will fully control and is not dependent on agreement with other third parties. It is the association’s own anonymous information, and it is available to all participants immediately.

Eamonn Stapleton

Eamonn Stapleton

Managing Director, Clonmel Enterprises

12:50

CLOSING REMARKS FROM MORNING SESSION

Dr Róisín Murphy

Dr Róisín Murphy

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, TU Dublin

1:00

Networking Lunch Break & Exhibition Viewing

2.00 – 2.55 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS & DEMONSTRATIONS

Thematic roundtables are 55-minute-long interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, they will address a compelling technology trend, issue, demonstration or an inspiring customer case. This is your chance to join insightful discussions to share experiences and get new and actionable ideas from peers and experts.

Roundtable Talk 1

Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

MSDs remain a significant hazard, with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) reporting that 3 in every 5 workers in the EU report MSD complaints in the back, upper limbs and/or lower limbs. What can you do to minimise the risks?

Brenda O’Brien

Brenda O’Brien

Manager, Brussels Liaison Office, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)

Roundtable Talk 2

Root cause – Procedural V Behavioural – a contractor’s perspective

Identifying the real root cause of an incident is critical along with knowledge of the contributory factors in ensuring incidents or the conditions for incidents are not repeated due to the actions taken post the event. This group will review real life scenarios and compare to non-construction related events to progress the discussion, assist with future analysis and recommend a strategy to reset the dial in this critical aspect of an EHS professional’s duties.

Michael O’Connor

Michael O’Connor

Environmental, Health & Safety Director, Mercury

Roundtable Talk 3

Training & Competency

This session will discuss training and competency challenges and developments in the industry, including training for workers, tradespersons, supervisors, and management. There will be a particular focus in the area of SOLAS training and the development and upgrades of their CSCS and Safe Pass programmes.

Michael McLoughlin

Michael McLoughlin

Associate Director – Health, Safety and Sustainability, John Paul Construction

Roundtable Talk 4

Key requirements for operating in continental Europe

Grab your passport and let’s take an overview of what is required to work successfully in mainland Europe. We will consider the legal frameworks and associated challenges, the training requirements, plant & equipment certification, risks & standards, cultural aspects, language barriers, working in communities as well as health & life work balance.

Barry O'Brien

Barry O'Brien

Associate Director EHS, Kirby Group Engineering

Roundtable Talk 5

How to become CPD compliant with CIRI on Horizon!

Some of the CPD issues to be addressed in this session include: is cost imposition seen as a duty, entitlement or as conveying a commercial benefit; how smaller SME companies will cope with the mandatory requirements involving statutory regulations such as Building regulations and Safety, Health & Welfare in the workplace; on-site and off-site challenges; how compliance can help to support a competent workforce in delivering an effective and cost-efficient service in a volatile and hectic construction environment; what are the key performance indicators, critical success factors and expectations of the stakeholders in the supply chain; how CPD is measured and should it be “input” biased or “output” focused; how it is aligned with best practice when compared with other industries, professions and jurisdictions; resources required at all stages and levels; minimising operational disruption while meeting CPD requirements and where it fits in relation to the Construction Safety Action Plan 2022 – 2024.

Kevin Sheridan

Kevin Sheridan

Board Member, Construction Industry Registration Ireland Board (CIRI)

Roundtable Talk 6

We’ve got your back

Take part in a live demonstration on how this passive exoskeleton can relieve strain on shoulders and arms during overhead installation work and how it helps to cut down on overexertion injuries, rest breaks and sick leave during construction work.

Anthony Keogh

Anthony Keogh

Regional Account Manager, HILTI Ireland

2:55

CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dermot Carey

Dermot Carey

Director, Safety, Training & Skills, Construction Industry Federation of Ireland (CIF)

3:00

SUMMIT ENDS