PAT Testing Training

Electrical equipment is present in virtually all workplaces, and that includes portable appliances. Managers and responsible persons in low risk environments have a duty to carry out visual and pre-use checks on equipment.

The regulations on Portable Appliance Testing in Ireland can be found in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, SI 299, 2007. The regulation directs employers to ensure that all portable equipment used in their place of work is periodically inspected and tested by a competent person.
• Legislation
• Health and Safety
• What is PAT Testing & Why Test?
• Visual inspection of portable appliances & Good Houskeeping
• Equipment Classification
• Testing Class I appliances, Testing Class II appliances, Testing an IEC lead and Testing an extension lead
• Understanding fuse rating
• PASS / FAIL in relation to Portable Appliances
• Labeling
• Insulation, Earth Bond & Functional Test
• Record keeping
• Plug wiring and general information about how electricity works

Safety & Maintenance of Stilts when Plastering

This training is in a workshop and discussion format to share existing knowledge about the safe use of stilts with the other attendees.

This course is prepared based on information from the following sources.

  • H.S.A information (Safe System of Work Plan forms)
  • H.S.E (UK) information.
  • NSW Work Cover Fact Sheet
  • Review of Manufacturers instruction sheets

This program would include information such as;

  • Background to using stilts
  • What surfaces are suitable for using stilts
  • Work Environment & Layout
  • Conditions of the work area
  • Choosing proper stilts
  • Maintenance & assembly of your stilts,
  • How to use stilts safely- sitting for applying, handrail/ prop to help standing up
  • Work platform for the plaster/ material
  • Most common accidents when using stilts
  • Checklist pre work start
  • Is the site ‘plaster ready’?
  • Is the task stilt suitable?
  • Other equipment as required.
  • Other information; Electrical power, fuels, storage, PPE requirements & so on.

CSCS Health and Safety at Roadworks

Course Content:

  • Legislation and Risk Management
  • Signing, Lighting and Guarding
  • Excavation Safety
  • Plant and Equipment
  • Materials
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Course Review
  • Multiple Choice Exam

Delegates are required to have a current Solas Safe Pass Card, their PPS Number and two passport photographs.

Construction firm fined for fatal wall collapse in DIY store

A building company has been fined €250,000 for breaching construction regulations which resulted in the collapse of wall at a Longford DIY store three years ago, killing two men and injuring two others.

Yesterday in a special sitting of Longford Circuit Criminal Court a construction company, ‘Vincent Ruane Construction Ltd’, was fined a total of €250,000 before Judge John Hannan.

Previously, on the 5th July 2016, the company pleaded guilty to a breach of Regulation 44(d) of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006.

On the 29th January 2013 a serious incident occurred in the Connacht Gold (Aurivo) Co-Operative Society retail store located in Farneyhogan on the Athlone Road in Longford. As a result two persons Mr Patrick Gaffney and Mr Sean Mulleady lost their lives; two more members of the public were seriously injured with a number of others present suffering minor injuries and trauma.
The fatalities and injuries occurred as a result of a large portion (circa 104m2 equating to circa 1000 blocks or 25 tons) of an internal masonry block wall collapsing into the retail section of the store.
Both men were standing at the customer service counter when a high wind event occurred, entered into the building through an open roller door and exerted sufficient force on the block wall causing it to fall into the retail store. Both were very seriously injured and died later in hospital as consequences of being struck by the falling masonry.
The HSA investigation determined:
  • The masonry wall was built in January / February 2012 by Vincent Ruane Construction Ltd.
  • A significant deviation from the original wall specification occurred, from plasterboard slabs to masonry blockwork.
  • The masonry wall did not have any structural head or end restraints installed into the wall to effectively tie the wall to the structural portal frame, thereby giving it stability.
As a consequence of this failure a block wall of area 104m2 equating to circa 1000 concrete blocks weighing approx. 25 tons collapsed into the retail store of Connacht Gold.
Martin O’ Halloran Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority said, “This accident should not have happened. The wall should have been built to the proper building standards ensuring it is fit for purpose.  As a result of this failure a number of families have suffered tragic loss and injury to loved ones.”

In a victim impact statement on behalf of her mother Patsy, Denise Nolan, a daughter of the late Mr Gaffney, told the court that her father had survived a back operation and a triple heart surgery and also beaten cancer before tragedy struck three years ago.


On the day of the incident, Patsy Gaffney had been waiting in the car for her husband when she was alerted to an incident inside the store.

She found her husband surrounded by debris, sitting upright with blood pouring from a head wound.

“He was able to tell me that he ‘wasn’t going to make it this time’,” she said.

On behalf of Mr Mulleady’s wife Teresa, her sister Eileen Sorohan said instead of receiving flowers from her husband on New Year’s’ Day, she now puts them on his grave.


Judge Hannon said the maximum fine the court could hand down was €3m.


Oral Suctioning

Our Training will provide the necessary skills required to ensure safe clinical practice after completion of our program. This will then allow the Client & Carers/ Employees to ensure safe work practises for the Cared

Ammonia Consultancy Safety Services


Ammonia has been the refrigerant of choice for industrial refrigeration systems in Ireland and the UK for over 50 years.  Ammonia (including Anhydrous Ammonia (R717) Refrigerant) is one of the very few natural refrigerants on the market and offers significant benefits, particularly in the face of the impending phase-down of HFC refrigerants.


Many Ammonia refrigeration systems have been operating safely and efficiently in Ireland and the UK for thirty or even forty years.  To ensure safe operation throughout their long life, ammonia refrigeration systems do need to be properly maintained and managed.  Good practice in the design, installation and maintenance, along with compliance with applicable legislation and guides can ensure that ammonia systems continue to provide safe, reliable and efficient refrigeration service.

At Ayrton Group, we can provide you with a range of services, with the intention of ensuring you have a preventative approach to your equipment for safeguarding your staff, neighbours & your plant.

Whether you own or operate a refrigeration unit, a cold storage facility or use ammonia gas for any other purpose, we at Ayrton Group can help you.

These services include:

  • Ammonia Dispersion Modelling
  • Risk assessing all areas of Ammonia storage & usage
  • Compliance with the Irish Pressure Systems Regulations 2012
  • Dealing with the New EU Pressure Equipment Directive
  • Compliance with the ATEX Directives and ammonia: (the EU directives relating to the flammability of Ammonia & Equipment and Worker Protection
  • SMARS: “Safe Management of Ammonia Refrigeration Systems” Guide: The new industry guide (replacing the former HSE publication PM81) for designers, installers, owners and operators of ammonia systems
  • Preparing an Emergency Response Plan (for Hazardous Substance (Ammonia) Leaks)
  • Dealing with the Emergency Services in the event of a leak, and preparation for such a leak
  • Ammonia Gas Detection systems
  • BLEVE; risk assessments of the area of BLEVE & prevention of a BLEVE
  • Evaporative Condensers for ammonia systems (the proper operation, care and maintenance of evaporative condensers & cooling towers)
  • Pressure Relief Valves: PRV types, selection, installation and maintenance
  • Training of your Team/ staff to be prepared for a leakage, what to do, how to prevent such leakage
  • Risk assessments of current signage & advice of signage requirements.



Ammonia Safety Awareness Training

Ayrton Group provide an Ammonia Awareness Training course which we have designed for all personnel who may come into contact with Ammonia in their workplace (including Anhydrous Ammonia (R717) Refrigerant). 

The following is a simple sample of some of the course contents:

  1. Overview of refrigerants (CFC, HCFC, HFC and Natural Refrigerants)
  2. Principles of the vapour compression system
  3. Major components of a liquid overfeed system
  4. Cooling Tower principles
  5. Basics of legionella
  6. Ammonia as a Refrigerant
  7. Flammability and Toxicity
  8. Ammonia Chemical, Physical & Physiological properties
  9. Employees & Employers Duties
  10. Potential Hazards  Risk Identification
  11. Associated Emergency Equipment
  12. Preparing Emergency Procedures
  13. Ventilation
  14. Leak detection alarms
  15. Using the correct P.P.E. & Respiratory Protective Equipment
  16. Permit to work systems
  17. Environmental Issues
  18. Ammonia Pressure Testing & Leak Testing
  19. Strength test procedure
  20. Pumping Out and Discharging Ammonia from the System
  21. Decanting Ammonia from a Refrigeration Plant
  22. Labelling Cylinders & all storage utilities
  23. Refrigerant Storage
  24. Charging Procedures in the area of Ammonia use

Safety Alert for Scaffolding Components

Scaffold Component

The HSA recently issued an alert to highlight the importance of ensuring that any scaffolding component used is in safe working order and in an appropriate condition for the task being undertaken. Corroded and rusting scaffolding components can lead to serious issues with the scaffolding’s structural integrity and can lead to catastrophic failures and scaffolding collapses.

Rusting is most prone on non-galvanised scaffolding systems and in particular on the wedge type painted steel scaffolding systems common in Ireland.

A thorough inspection routine must be in place for inspection of scaffolding components to ensure that any components with corrosion or defects that would impact their safe use are removed and not used.

This is particulary important if scaffold elements are coming out of storage having not been in use for some time.

A thorough visual inspection will identify most corrosion, rust and pitting. Other signs of corrosion include loss of weight of the component, reduction in the tube wall thickness, corrosion around welds and on the inner tubes.

Surface rust should be cleared in order to inspect a component correctly. If the component is damaged it needs to be put out of use or repaired by a competent person and repainted.

Note: Sand blasting and painting only of scaffolding components, while reducing further deterioration, does not repair damaged components and may actually hide damage.

Rusted scaffolding components can also cause tetanus which is a serious disease caused by bacteria entering the body through open wounds or cuts.

Key Steps:

  • Inspection of scaffolding components must be carried out by a competent person and the condition of components should be continually inspected as part of the scaffolding inspection routine.
  • Excessively rusted or corroded scaffold should never be used in a scaffold assembly.
  • Any defective components should be put out of use or repaired by a competent person.
  • The manufacturers manual for all system scaffolds must be available when erecting, modifying and dismantling scaffolds. This should also inform the user in relation to maintaing the scaffold in good order.

Corroded Scaffold

Farm Safety Week puts focus on saving lives


The fourth annual Farm Safety Week starts today, with the IFA and its partners reminding people that farming kills and injures more people than any other industry in Ireland and the UK.

While farm fatalities were down by 40% in 2015, with 18 deaths reported versus 30 in 2014, four of them child fatalities, the organisers insist that far greater awareness is needed to improve safety on the farm.

The campaign will feature themed messages each day this week, covering subjects such as falls, machinery, livestock, transport and children on farms.


This year’s Farm Safety Week is supported by more organisations than in prior campaigns, including the Farm Safety Foundation, Farm Safety Partnerships, Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health & Safety Authority, Ireland.

It aims to educate and inspire to improve agriculture’s poor safety record.


“These are not just statistics,” said Pat Griffin, senior inspector with the Health and Safety Authority and member of Farm Safety Partnership Ireland.

“Behind each story is a grieving family, a community in shock, and a farm that needs to continue being farmed no matter what has happened.

“This year, the week is focusing upon the power of the positive. We know we need to engage with farmers of all ages to make farms safer places to work and live.”

Monday focuses on the theme of falls, which caused one-fifth of Ireland’s fatal farm accidents in 2015.


IFA President Joe Healy, “Farming remains a labour-intensive and sometimes dangerous occupation.

“Each year farm fatalities in Ireland reach double figures and more than 1,000 injuries occur on farms.

“We are working with our counterparts in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales on five days and five themes but one clear question — Have you thought about ‘Who Would Fill Your Boots?’ if you were to have a farm accident.”


Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, added: “I’ve seen first-hand the devastation that follows farm accidents and fatalities. The impact on families and communities is unquantifiable.

“We must all continue to work together to drive behavioural change so that safe working practices are followed at all times.”



Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 36 of 2016)

These Regulations amend the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 299 of 2007) as previously amended by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 732 of 2007), the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application)(Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 176 of 2010) and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application)(Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 445 of 2012) by inserting Part 11 (Woodworking Machines), Part 12 (Abrasive Wheels) and Part 13 (Abrasive Blasting of Surfaces) as well as adding Schedule 13 (Woodworking Machines) and Schedule 14 (Training and Instruction) to the Regulations. The collective Regulations shall be cited together as the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 to 2016.


The purpose of the Regulations is to bring specific workplace safety matters relating to Woodworking Machines, Abrasive Wheels and Abrasive Blasting of Surfaces within the scope of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 following the repeal of corresponding Regulations made under the Factories Act 1955, as amended by the Safety in Industry Act 1980.


The Regulations are designed to retain, by means of amendments to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, the aspects of the provisions of Regulations under the Factories Act that remain relevant and are therefore reproduced in line with the new legislative format.



These Regulations revoke and replace 3 individual sets of Regulations—

(a)   Factories (Woodworking Machinery) Regulations, 1972. (S.I. No. 203 of 1972),

(b)   Factories (Abrasive Blasting Of Surfaces) Regulations, 1974. (S.I. No. 357 of 1974), and

(c) Safety in Industry (Abrasive Wheels) Regulations, 1982. (S.I. No. 30 of 1982).


These Regulations shall come into operation from 1 July, 2016