2023 Agenda

8:00am
8:40am
Chairman, Health & Safety Committee, Construction Industry Federation (CIF)
8:50am

The CIF H&S Committee is charged with steering policy for the sector. Our opening discussion with members of the committee focuses on the challenges and the work streams that the committee is currently addressing.

Plus we’ll hear about the benefits of joining the CIF from Conor Greham.

Head of EHS, Designer Group
Director, Safety, Training & Skills, Construction Industry Federation of Ireland (CIF)
Associate Director, Health, Safety & Sustainability, John Paul Construction
EHS Regional Manager, PJ Hegarty

Modernising construction safety skills

9:25am

Falls from height continue to be the biggest cause of fatal and serious accidents in the construction industry. A new initiative spearheaded by the National Scaffolding & Access Contractors (NASAC) is focused on increasing the competencies of scaffolders. Keith and John discuss what is involved and the progress to date

Manager, National Construction Training Centre, Mount Lucas
Managing Director, Summit Scaffolding
Senior Contracts Manager, McCrory Access Ireland
9:50am

Dublin City Council has implemented a scheme to reduce the movement of heavy goods vehicles in Dublin city centre – for environmental reasons and also to improve public safety. Niall outlines how the construction sector is impacted and how the industry can contribute to addressing the objectives of the DCC HGV strategy

Acting Senior Executive ITS Officer, Environment & Transport, Dublin City Council
10:10am

A review of the current Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has commenced. The first programme to be reviewed is the location of underground services. Sean outlines the progress to date and the changes bring brought about to make the programme more useful for the sector

SHEQ Manager, Ward & Burke Construction Ltd.
11:00am

The Construction Safety Licencing Bill 2023, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, will bring about changes in training that will impact workers, employers and trainers. Amongst other things, it will create a new Licencing Authority. Our panel discusses the changes that are coming, the timeline for implementation and their likely impact

Director of Construction, Quality & Green Skills, SOLAS
Principal Officer - Apprenticeships & Public Policy Partnering, Dept. of Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science
11:25am

Substance use policies and practices in the workplace are at a relatively early stage, and research and information in this area is limited. Our panel of experienced EHS practitioners give their insights on this highly sensitive issue:

  • A general overview of the state of workplace policies on substance use in the Irish construction sector
  • Guidance, tools and resources to help policy development and employer responses to substance use affecting the workplace
  • Lessons learned and best practices in developing and implementing workplace substance use policies from the experiences of safety-sensitive organisations
SHESQ Director, Murphy Ireland
Co-founder & CEO, Way 2 Work Ireland
Business Unit HSE Manager Ireland East, John Sisk & Son(Holdings) Ltd
12:00pm

Discover how to optimise your EHS management by leveraging the power of technology to streamline EHS processes, reduce costs, and achieve maximum efficiency while involving your people. Derya and Michael discuss how Mercury used an innovative technology solution to achieve a safer project site and EHS excellence through efficient deployment of people, technology and process

CEO and Co-founder, Kianda
Group QEHSS Director, Mercury

Carbon management & climate risk: A leadership opportunity for EHS

12:20pm

As the importance of environment, social and corporate governance (ESG) becomes a growing concern for companies, the mission of EHS has taken on new relevance and value. So, what does this mean for an organisation’s EHS teams? Given that a significant amount of ESG data will come directly from the EHS department, it is crucial that the correct systems and procedures are in place to feed the company with insights. The newfound spotlight on the role is resulting in material change to tactical job requirements, executive visibility, and organisational influence. 

  • Is your organisation ready to navigate and embrace the change?
  • Upgrading EHS data quality to prepare for financial ESG scrutiny
  • Future-proofing EHS with new digital solutions and breakthrough technologies

HSQE & Sustainability Director, Glan Agua
Environmental and Sustainability Manager (ESG Lead), Walls Construction
Associate Director, Health, Safety & Sustainability, John Paul Construction
Director, Main Contracting Services, CIF
12:55pm
2:20pm

Supports and services available to the construction industry for emotional, physical and financial wellbeing. Plus, Make It Visible campaign launch.

Regional Ambassador, The Lighthouse Club Ireland
2:30pm

Brent is a former New Zealand rugby player and ex-professional rugby coach. He is perhaps best known in Ireland as a rugby pundit for RTE television. Brent is a mental health ambassador for many organisations and charities, and has worked closely with many of the UK’s leading construction companies. He speaks openly and poignantly about his life and in trying to create a safe and supportive environment for us all to live in.  

Motivational and well-being speaker
3:00pm
  • Steps to developing and implementing a drugs and alcohol testing policy
  • Planning and implementing interventions to manage the risks of drugs and alcohol
  • Privacy rights



Thematic roundtables are 40-minute-long interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, select one of our insightful discussions to get new and actionable ideas and share experiences with your peers.

Business Unit HSE Manager Ireland East, John Sisk & Son(Holdings) Ltd
3:00pm

Health and safety is much more complex than ever before. With the ESH role expanding all the time,  it’s more likely they need to be in tune with the company’s culture and business practices.




Thematic roundtables are 40-minute-long interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, select one of our insightful discussions to get new and actionable ideas and share experiences with your peers.

OHS Lead, BAM Ireland
3:00pm
  • Why is mental health an issue in construction safety?
  • How can it be addressed



Thematic roundtables are 40-minute-long interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, select one of our insightful discussions to get new and actionable ideas and share experiences with your peers.

Environmental Health and Safety Advisor, Instrotec Ltd
Regional Ambassador, The Lighthouse Club Ireland
3:00pm

How to manage and monitor safety incidents in construction projects




Thematic roundtables are 40-minute-long interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, select one of our insightful discussions to get new and actionable ideas and share experiences with your peers.

Managing Director, Clonmel Enterprises
Senior Inspector, HSA
3:00pm

Join Osvaldo and Martin to explore the role of technology in promoting health and safety and how it can be used to ensure compliance in EHS processes.

Learn how the latest technological advancements in EHS (Including offline capability, mobile support, real-time data collection and system integration) can help you create a safer workplace.




Thematic roundtables are 40-minute-long interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, select one of our insightful discussions to get new and actionable ideas and share experiences with your peers.

Founder and CEO, Quality Positive Ltd.
Chief Technology Officer, Kianda
3:00pm

Instead of focusing on stopping work when it is dangerous (stop work authority), perhaps we should explore a different approach and only start work when all critical controls are in place for our critical risks. Paul will discuss:

  • Are the things that cause fatalities different to the things that injure people?
  • Do we spend too much of our time and resources on the ‘low hanging fruit’ and not enough time on our critical risks and potential high-consequence events?
  • Do we engage with our people at the sharp end of the risk enough to ensure appropriate controls – what needs to go right in our high-risk operations? Are they in place for our critical risks?
  • When something goes wrong, what factors will eliminate fatalities and on review, are those critical controls enough?



Thematic roundtables are 40-minute-long interactive discussions in small groups. Moderated by seasoned industry experts and practitioners, select one of our insightful discussions to get new and actionable ideas and share experiences with your peers.

HSQE Area Manager, Coffey Construction
3:40pm

Jonathan discusses the roundtable discussions with moderators

Broadcaster
4:10pm
Director, Safety, Training & Skills, Construction Industry Federation of Ireland (CIF)

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