Let’s Keep on top of COVID-19

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As more people return to work the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) want employers, employees and contractors visiting workplaces to remember that everybody must remain vigilant and obey the simple rules about safety. Safety is no accident. The message is clear, keep checking the HSA website for regular updates.  

The HSA continues to support business with occupational safety and health (OSH) guidance and resources, adapted to COVID-19 crisis, as best it can in an evolving situation. It has a number of programmes within that brief, such as: 

BESMART. FREE Safety statement and risk assessment online tool. www.besmart.ie

Look at COVID-19 update guidance.

https://www.besmart.ie/news/item/152/updating-risk-assessments-covid-19/

For OSH queries to HSA  details at https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Contact_Us/

Some new information for those using lifts and scissors lifts in particular

https://www.hsa.ie/eng/safety_alerts/2020/vehicle_scissor_lifts/vehicle_scissor_lifts.html

Guidelines for cleaning HGVs

COVID-19 can be spread through contact with contaminated surfaces; therefore, maintaining good hygiene and cleaning practices are essential, particularly in common working areas. Regular cleaning will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people; cleaning common work areas is important to limit the spread. This document contains some useful guidelines for cleaning Commercial Vehicles:

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/ed29dc-irelands-response-to-covid-19-transport-measures/

Contacting the HSA during the COVID-19 crisis

In line with the updated public health measures announced by the Government to curtail the spread of COVID-19, all offices of the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) are currently closed, and its staff are working remotely.

It has implemented business continuity measures to maintain operations and ensure minimal disruption to services. Its focus is to continue to operate business as usual, where possible, while protecting the health of its staff and stakeholders.

During this period, interested parties can continue to use the contact us by email as normal, by telephone, through its online contact form, or by email using existing staff’s email contacts. As there is limited access to physical mail sent to its offices, where possible, do not correspond by post and instead us the web based contact us communication system.  Refer to the Freedom of Information page for details of how the HSA is handling requests during the COVID-19 crisis.

For further information in relation to COVID-19, please see HSA.ie/COVID19

Contact Details

LoCall: 1890 289 389 (between 9:00am and 3:00pm, Monday to Friday)

Due to the high call volumes currently experienced, there may be a delay in answering calls. There is much information and guidance on its website (www.hsa.ie) or alternatively please email wcu@hsa.ie to avoid unnecessary delays.

Note: The phone service operator may charge additional costs when calling the 1890 number from a mobile phone. Please use our (01) 6147000 number as an alternative.

Email: wcu@hsa.ie
Overseas callers should call +353 1 614 7000

An emergency service outside of standard office hours is operated. In case of a serious injury/fatality outside of standard business hours (9:00am to 3:00pm), please phone 1890 289 389 where a transfer to the Gardai will be offered which will in turn notify a HSA senior inspector.

Please write to the Authority at its Head Office or one of its Field Offices at the following details:

Head Office:
The Metropolitan Building
James Joyce Street
Dublin 1D01 K0Y8Map
Chemical Policy & Services Head Office and Kilkenny Field Office:
3rd Floor
Hebron House
Hebron Road
KilkennyR95 T91YMap
Waterford Field Office:
5th Floor
Government Buildings
The Glen
WaterfordX91 P04EMap
Cork Field Office:
3rd Floor
1A South Mall
CorkT12 R7WCMap
Limerick Field Office:
Block A
Loughmore Centre
Raheen Business Park
LimerickV94 DH59Map
Galway Field Office:
2nd Floor
The Plaza Offices
Headford Road
GalwayH91 KC6VMap
Sligo Field Office:
Unit 1 Beulah Building
Finisklin Road
SligoMap
Athlone Field Office:
Block A, 2nd Floor
Monksland Retail Business Park
AthloneN37 X8N1Map