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

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.

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

Health and Safety Authority publishes 2015 Annual Report and Statistics Summary

Bulk of inspections carried out in high risk agriculture and construction sectors


Strong focus on occupational hygiene and workplace health

Wednesday 29th June

The Health and Safety Authority has today (Wednesday 29th June) published its Annual Report for 2015 and Statistic Summary for 2014 – 2015. There were 10,880 workplace inspections and investigations carried out in 2015, with over half of these targeting the agriculture (3,056) and construction (3,932) sectors. The manufacturing sector received the third highest number of inspections with 1,108 carried out.
Key enforcement statistics from the report include:

  • 11% of all inspections and investigations were due to a fatality, serious accident, complaint or dangerous occurrence
  • 13% of inspections and investigations were carried out under chemicals legislation
  • 5% were return inspections due to low compliance
  • 9% of all inspections and investigations resulted in formal enforcement action (489 improvement notices and 488 prohibition notices issued)
  • There were 16 successful prosecutions concluded for health and safety breaches and fines of €541,750 were imposed


There was also an extensive programme of support, advice and communications during 2015 with almost 7,000 additional businesses signing up to BeSMART.ie, the Authority’s online safety management tool. This means there are now over 30,000 businesses benefiting from the resource. E-learning also increased last year with over 13,000 new courses taken on hsalearning.ie.


In addition to the prevention programme there were major legislative developments in chemicals safety with the introduction of the new ‘Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations’. After a formal public consultation process, the new regulations were introduced with accompanying guidance and information for stakeholders.


The Authority continued to provide freely available guidance and information during 2015 with over a million visits to www.hsa.ie. There were over 25,000 inbound contacts to its Workplace Contact Unit and 23 new publications made available for free download.


The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB), which has responsibility for the accreditation of laboratories, certification bodies and inspection bodies, completed its first full year as part of the Authority and delivered an accreditation programme with 294 assessments completed.

Across all sectors there was a strong focus on issues such as occupational hygiene (690 inspections), work-related vehicle safety (358 inspections) and slips, trips and falls (569 inspections) during 2015.


Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen TD, who has workplace safety and health as part of his brief, said:

“This report and the accompanying summary of workplace accident, illness and injury statistics illustrates the broad scope of the work of the Health and Safety Authority and its importance from both a social and economic perspective. We must protect workers while at the same time enabling enterprise to thrive. The Authority plays a vital role in promoting a safe and healthy work environment in all types of employment. Looking at the accident, injury and illness statistics it’s clear that while accidents are reducing in most sectors, we have to strengthen efforts to improve safety and prevent accidents in agriculture.”

Continuing on the theme of safety in agriculture, Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority said:

“Agriculture related fatalities decreased from 30 in 2014 to 18 in 2015 and that is welcome. Another positive development has been the increased level of engagement from within the sector. I have always believed that the best people to implement change are farmers themselves, we saw evidence of that last year and we will be looking to build on it into the future.”


Speaking about overall trends in the workplace, Martin O’Halloran said:

“Projections from the ESRI show that we are moving towards employment levels of up to two million people. One of our key goals over the coming years will be to ensure that as the workforce increases, work-related accidents and illnesses decrease.”


Michael Horgan, Chairman of the HSA, said:

“Over recent years our ability to complete some of our programmes has been restricted due to resource issues. We have made efficiencies in how we carry out inspection field work and are now moving into a period where we can further improve our service to the working people of the country.”


Key injury, illness and fatality statistics include:

  • There were 56 work-related fatalities reported to the HSA in 2015, compared to 55 in 2014, 47 fatalities in 2013 and 48 in 2012
  • Of the fatalities in 2015, 50 involved workers, giving a worker fatality rate of 2.5 workers per 100,000
  • The highest number of fatalities (18) occurred in the agriculture sector
  • Self-employed workers were once again over-represented in fatal work accidents: 21 of the fatalities in 2015 involved self-employed persons
  • There were 7,775 non-fatal injuries reported to the HSA in 2015. Of these injuries, 7,443 (96%) involved workers, while the remaining 332 involved members of the public, including family members
  • The largest number of non-fatal injury reports to the HSA came from the health and social work sector (1,490)
  • Manual handling-related injuries continue to account for about one-third of all non-fatal injuries reported to the HSA


Copies of both reports are available at www.hsa.ie

New Regulation for Liquid Laundry Detergents in Soluble Packaging

New Regulation for Liquid Laundry Detergents in Soluble Packaging

Liquid consumer laundry detergents in soluble packaging for single use are now further regulated under the CLP Regulation as amended by Regulation (EU) No 1297/2014.
This Regulation aims to provide additional protection to the general public, especially young children and other vulnerable persons from the specific hazards associated with liquid laundry detergent capsules.

The provisions in the Regulation intend to lower the accessibility and attractiveness of the laundry liquid detergent capsules to young children by making the capsules less visible in the packaging through the use of opaque outer packaging. The outer packaging will also need to be more difficult for children to open.

The Regulation requires that the soluble packaging itself must include an aversive agent (such as a bittering agent) to cause an immediate repulsive effect when in contact with the mouth in order to deter children from putting the capsule into their mouth. The soluble packaging must retain its liquid contents for at least 30 seconds when placed in water at 20°C and be capable of resisting mechanical compressive strength of at least 300N under standard test conditions.

In addition, the outer packaging must display warnings to alert parents and child-care providers that such products have to be kept out of reach of children.

The Regulation will enter into force on the 1st June 2015, by which time, all liquid laundry detergent capsule products must comply with the rules set out in the legislation.


Liquid consumer laundry detergents in soluble packaging, or, as they are commonly known “liquitabs” or “liquid laundry detergent capsules”, contain concentrated liquid detergent for single use within a soluble package which breaks down upon contact with water during a wash cycle to release the detergent product.

Such liquid laundry detergent products are small and colourful which makes them attractive to young children who may be tempted to put them in their mouth or play with them. When moist, these products can burst in a child’s hand, potentially irritating the eyes and skin. They can also dissolve quickly and may burst in a child’s mouth in a very short period of time (within seconds) causing the contents to escape quickly and if swallowed can cause severe injuries such as breathing difficulties requiring intubation. Please see HSA Press Release from 18 March 2015 for more details.

The main symptoms and consequences of exposure can be:

  • If ingested: severe vomiting, coughing, respiratory disorders, nausea, drowsiness and rash.
  • In case of contact with the eyes: conjunctivitis, eye pain, eye irritation.
  • In case of contact with the skin: skin rash, skin irritation, chemical burn.

Incidents of Accidental Poisoning:

A significant number of severe incidents of ingestion and eye damage involving infants and young children have been reported by Poison Centres in several EU countries regarding liquid laundry detergent capsules and it is noted that there is a higher accident rate with this type of laundry detergent compared to consumer laundry detergents in other packaging systems.

In response to the incidents reported, the EU Commission in 2014 adopted a new Regulation on additional safety measures for liquid laundry detergents in soluble packaging.

Safe Use of Laundry Liquid Capsules:

The Health and Safety Authority recommends that:

  • all detergent products are stored safely out of the reach and sight of children at all times
  • capsules must be kept in their original container and fully closed when not in use
  • capsules must never be left outside their original containers
  • capsules must never be given to children
  • labels on the packaging must be read carefully.

Please see the National Poisons Information Centre website for further information on Poison Prevention tips.

More Information on Liquid Laundry Detergent Capsules

There are a number of campaigns and awareness-raising initiatives on-going in Europe and globally to make people aware of the risks associated with liquid laundry detergents in soluble packaging.

International Awareness campaign on laundry capsules #SafeLaundry:

The EU Commission is leading a global awareness activity at OECD level on the risks posed by liquid laundry detergent capsules. There will be an international awareness raising campaign on the week of the 16th-23rd March 2015. Safety alerts and messages for parents and child carers as well as for businesses and stakeholders will be released via a dedicated website, through social media, advertising and in the press. For more information please see the Commissions Laundry Capsules Awareness Campaign Webpage: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/newsroom/consumer-marketing/events/150316_en.htm

The National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC):

NPIC is carrying out a study on the circumstances of accidental exposure to detergent capsules that are used in washing machines, dishwashers and as cleaning products. The study has been approved by Beaumont Hospital Ethics Committee and the results will be used to help prevent similar accidents happening in the future. Please see further details here.

“Keep Caps from Kids”:

The detergents industry launched an initiative in September 2014 entitled “Keep Caps from Kids” to promote the safe use of liquid laundry detergent capsules in Europe. This consumer education campaign aims at ensuring the safe use and storage of liquid laundry detergent capsules by parents and child carers and to reduce the incidence of accidental exposure. Information on the campaign can be found at http://www.keepcapsfromkids.eu/uk.

AISE Product Stewardship Programme:

On 1 March 2015 the detergent industry has launched an updated A.I.SE. Product Stewardship Programme to cover all liquid detergent capsules. For more details please see here.

For further information please also see:


Safety Alert for Working on Fragile Roofs


Significant rise in the number of fatalities involving working on roofs, particularly involving fragile roof materials, has prompted the Health and Safety Authority to issue this Safety Alert to highlight the need for stringent health and safety procedures when carrying out this type of work.


In the last 5 years (2011-2015) there have been 12 fatalities associated with roof work. Of these 10 deaths have involved sheeted / cladded type roofs while 2 occurred on other types of roofs. 7 of these fatalities occurred on agricultural buildings with most involving a simple fall through fragile roof material.
Fragile roofing materials include:

  • Rooflights and Perspex sheeting, often difficult to identify due to weathering
  • Liner sheets on built up roofs
  • Unreinforced cement sheets including asbestos cement sheeting
  • Glass (including wired glass)
  • Wood wool slabs



Always assume all roofing materials are fragile unless confirmed otherwise by a competent person

Key Steps:

  1. Do not undertake any roofwork, painting or repairs yourself unless you are competent to do so. Work on fragile and cladded type roofs requires the worker to be competent and in possession of the relevant valid SOLAS Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) for Roof Cladding.
  2. Risk assess the work including considering all specific hazards such as fragile roofs.
  3. Select the most suitable work equipment for the job. Collective protection must be prioritised over individual protection.
  4. Carry out the work in a safe manner in accordance with the HSE Code of Practice for Safety in Roofwork

Epilepsy and the Safe Use of Seizure Control Medication

NOTE: This course is only available as a private course booking where we deliver the training at the clients premises. It is not available as a public course


An explanation is given to the trainees of the various signs and symptoms of epileptic seizure, and how to treat it. This includes the reasons for giving medication, the dangers of medication, and when, whom and how to give it.


  • To explain what epilepsy is.
  • To explain the different types of epilepsy & seizures.
  • To explain the signs & symptoms of epilepsy.
  • To discuss the possible causes and trigger factors of epilepsy.
  • To discuss the prevalence of epilepsy.
  • To discuss various treatments of epilepsy.
  • To demonstrate and practice the recovery position.
  • Creating personal care plans and keeping records.
  • To explain the background to stesolid or buccal midazolam.
  • To explain how and when to give stesolid or buccal midazolam.
  • To discuss current medication delivery procedure and insurance issues.
  • First Aid and Emergency care information.


These include lecture, demonstration, slides, practical work and a short video.


This course is aimed at all Health Care Workers, during the course of who’s work, may encounter service users who suffer from epilepsy and may require the delivery of seizure control medication.


This course is delivered by qualified and experienced health care professionals.

For further information please call Matthew on 1890-600-666 or email Matthew@ayrton.ie