Recent Case Outcomes ● Health & Safety Legislation Updates ● ISO 45001 Are you ready?

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 16th November 2017

Health & Safety has been brought to the fore front of construction activity more so in today’s environment than ever before. This conference will provide essential updates and information to help you manage Health and safety in construction, save lives and reduce injuries.

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6 Structured CPD Points

Speakers will offer cutting-edge health and safety advice for senior managers working in construction, use practical examples to illustrate best practice, give you information on new ways to manage health and safety and an update on new regulations and technologies you must be up to speed on. There will also be a focus on key risk areas you need to watch out for and how to minimise these risks on future projects.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks from Conference Chairperson:
Gerry O’Sullivan, Barrister, Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners & John Munro, Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners


Overview – The importance of efficient health and safety management in Construction to safeguard your business
Speaker: Tony Kerins, Head of new business, Peninsula Business Services Ireland & Graphite HRM

  • Protecting your business from a legal perspective
  • Identifying and implementing prevention and control measures
  • Decreasing work-related health risks in your organisation


ISO 45001 – Are you ready?
Speaker: Caroline Geoghegan, MD of CG Business Consulting – Ireland’s leading ISO Consultants

  • Why is OHSAS 18001 being replaced?
  • Benefits of a good occupational health and safety management system
  • ISO 45001 – the requirements
  • Differences from OHSAS 18001
  • Progress and Timeframe


Alcohol / Drug Policies and procedures to address intoxicants on site?
Speaker: Shay Fleming, Principal Solicitor, Shay Fleming & Associates Solicitors

  • Intoxicants in the workplace – medication, alcohol and illegal substances;
  • Legal obligations;
  • Risk assessing safety critical activities;
  • Fitness to perform work;
  • Intoxicant policies and procedures;
  • Sensible approaches to intoxicant testing in the workplace – relevant considerations in protecting the business and not overstepping the mark;
  • Dismissal for ‘gross misconduct’ and reporting of possession of illegal substances.


Coffee break and chance to network


Health & Safety Legislation
Speaker: Ita Leyden – BE, MSc, C.Eng, CMIOSH, Ergonomist and Forensic Engineer, Leyden Consulting Engineers

  • Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations – Definition of Construction Works under the regulations
  • Implications of appointing a PSDP / PSCS at both design and construction stage – What are their responsibilities and obligations
  • Designer, Contractor, Client – required competencies, duties and obligations


Interface between the design team/PSDP and PSCS during construction stage – including Temporary Works Issues
Speaker: Jim Leahy, Technical Director Health and Safety, RPS Consulting Engineers Limited

  • Communication and liason during the Construction Stage
  • Coordination of Design Changes
  • Separation of Contractual Issues
  • Temporary Works Design coordination
  • Gathering of information for the Safety File


Ergonomics Risk Management in the Workplace
Speaker: Frank Power, Ergonomist (Inspector), Health & Safety Authority

  • Why we should manage Ergonomic risk in the workplace?
  • Statistics on Musculoskeletal injury and ill health
  • The legal context
  • Key Factors to consider in managing risk
  • Mac Tool Risk Assessment
  • Case Studies on Solution Development
  • Skills Development
  • Further Guidance


Lunch and chance to network


Case law – Key issues for Managing Health & Safety in Construction
Speaker: Shay Fleming, Principal Solicitor, Shay Fleming & Associates Solicitors

  • Overview of recent case law and prosecutions in construction Health & Safety;
  • Engineering hazards using relevant Codes of Practice and Technical Standards.
  • HSA investigations: evidence gathering and prosecutions;
  • The cost of getting it wrong: The People (Director of Public Prosecutions) v Kilsaran Concrete Limited [2017].


Corporate Governance in Health and Safety
Speaker: Kieran Linehan, Founder, Principal & Senior Consultant of Ayrton Group

  • The Corporate Manslaughter Bill 2016- how it could affect Directors, Managers & Senior Officials
  • Levels of responsibility on Directors and Managers in companies of all sizes
  • What can happen in the case of a breach of policy leading to an accident / injury?
  • Do you have a governance process for Safety & Health in your business?


Record Keeping, Investigations & Incident Reporting – Managing claims and incident
Speaker: Sean Coleman, Senior Risk consultant, Coleman Risk Consulting

  • Record Keeping & Incident Reporting – If an incident occurs – what key details do you need to have recorded – Where have critical mistakes been made in the past?
  • Education of Management and Employees
  • Investigation
  • Report formats
  • Injury and case management
  • Return to Work
  • Insurance challenges, compensation levels and court clarity




Conference close

This event will be of real interest to all build and design professionals including contractors, sub-contractors, engineers, architects, local authorities, semi-state agencies, government departments, manufacturers, suppliers, universities, health & safety managers and legal consultants to name just a few

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Fergal O’ByrneCaroline Geoghegan

Managing Director, CG Business Consulting

CG Business Consulting was founded in 2009 by Caroline Geoghegan.

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Caroline is a Chartered Quality Professional with over 16 years of experience in advisory and management roles within the construction, banking, finance, insurance and consultancy sectors.

Caroline holds a B.A. in Business Studies, a Safety, Health and Environmental Diploma, is a Certified Lead Auditor and holds a Master Trainer Certificate from the Irish Management Institute (IMI).

Caroline has significant experience in developing and delivering ISO Management Systems, she has worked with hundreds of businesses in Ireland, UK and America where she assisted them in the development and implementation of their management systems across a variety of industry sectors including Professional Services, Finance, Local Authority, Government, Training & Education, Transport & Logistics, Waste Management, Utilities, Banking, Manufacturing, Motorway Maintenance, Engineering and Construction sectors.

Caroline is regarded as a leader in her field and has developed a strong reputation for being passionate, professional, dedicated, results driven, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very much client-focused.

In 2015 she was also recognised by Business and Finance as one of the top movers and shakers in Ireland. Caroline has consistently been highly recommended by many other organisations and is described by her clients as an “outstanding professional with relentless energy”. Caroline has recently been appointed to the board of Quality Ireland.

Since 2009 Caroline and her team have assisted over three hundred businesses in Ireland, UK and America to achieve certification to international standards such as:

  • ISO 9001 Quality Management System
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Management System
  • OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety Management System
  • ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System
  • ISO 27001 Information Security Management System
  • ISO 50001 Energy Management System
  • ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System

Caroline has a strong reputation for her ability to work effectively with personnel from CEOs to front line operational staff. As an expert in her field, she provides high quality solutions that are simple to understand, delivered on time and within budget. Caroline keenly promotes knowledge transfer to those she works with thus empowering people and making them self-sufficient within their own organisations.

Sean ColemanSean Coleman

Senior Risk Consultant, Coleman Risk Consulting

Sean Coleman is the owner of Coleman Risk consulting.

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Sean has more than 35 years’ experience as a Risk Management Practitioner with experience across a very broad range of organisations and disciplines. He has worked with a number of Insurers and was Risk Consulting Practice Leader for Marsh in Ireland up until 2012. Sean has worked with a diverse range of clients (From Online Gaming to Government Enforcement Agencies) in the implementation of Risk Management systems.

Kieran Linehan

Kieran Linehan

Founder, Principal & Senior Consultant of Ayrton Group

Kieran established Ayrton Group (formerly Health & Safety Services) in 1993.

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Ayrton group now employ over 100 professionals, in all aspects of construction, as well as other safety roles. His qualifications include an MSc from Loughborough University & Diploma from UCC. Having first joined IOSH in 1995, Kieran is a Chartered Safety Practitioner & became a Chartered Fellow of IOSH (the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health) in 2009. Kieran has been a member of the National Executive of NISO, as well as founder member of the IOSH Committee. With a long established background in the manufacturing & construction sectors, Kieran has a wealth of knowledge regarding Project Management, Design & Safety Management Systems, along with what is required to in- still safe systems of work in all workplaces. He also deals with litigation issues, as well as H.S.A. criminal defences & expert witness. In accepting the roles of PSDP & PSCS as part of project management, it affords us the opportunity to consider the latest developments in ergonomics & the best preventative approaches.

Jim LeahyJim Leahy

Technical Director Health and Safety, RPS Consulting Engineers Limited

Jim is a Technical Director and  Health and Safety Manager of RPS, specialising in Health and Safety Functions of Client, Designer and Contractor.

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He has previously worked as a Project Engineer in the Pharmaceutical Sector, Resident Engineer involved in the Construction of Various Civil Engineering Schemes and Site Agent on a Number of Structural Projects. Jim is a previous Gold Medal Winner in the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety Safety Practitioner Awards  for work in ensuring compliance with the Construction Regulations in RPS. One of his projects was recently (July 2017) shortlisted as a finalist in the APS National CDM Awards. He is the lecturer on the Institution of Occupational Safety And Health approved course on the role of the PSDP Course provided by the Construction Industry Federation.

Tony Kerins

Tony Kerins

Head of new business, Peninsula Business Services Ireland & Graphite HRM

Tony Kerins is Head of New Business for Peninsula Business Service (Ireland) and its sister company Graphite HRM for the past 10 years.

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He has 30 years’ experience in both Private and Public sector HRM. During this time he has gained a vast amount of experience of teaching commenting and advising – as Ah RM specialist and H&S lecturer. His career path has helped him to have a very distinctive and  extensive insight. This is beneficial when required to deliver talks which are required to be comprehensive, unambiguous and concise. 

Tony has managed to create his own definitive style of delivery – which is both entertaining and engaging. He is keenly aware of the need to deliver ‘direct and relevant’ events, which give valuable awareness and an appreciation to his audiences, in Irish employment law HRM best practice and health and safety legislation.

Gerry O’Sullivan

Gerry O’Sullivan

Barrister, Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners

Gerry is a highly experienced expert in construction law, & has extensive experience having worked on large & high profile educational, healthcare, commercial, residential & infrastructural projects.

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Working with Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners (MMP) since 2000, he has served on many professional committees within the Construction Industry, and is Chairperson of the Society of Chartered Surveyors’ Dispute Resolutions Committee as well as Vice Chairman of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Dispute Resolutions Standing Committee. He is currently on the panel of conciliators/arbitrators/adjudicators for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, the CIF and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is a member of the Ministers Panel of Adjudicators, and is an accomplished author.

Frank Power

Frank Power

Ergonomist (Inspector), Health & Safety Authority

Frank Power works with the Health and Safety Authority in Ireland as an Ergonomist (Inspector).

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Since joining the Authority he has been involved in addressing Ergonomic and Manual Handling issues at a strategic and workplace level and has acted as an Expert Witness in the Courts.

His main areas of work include the development of regulations and guidance, completion of regulatory inspections, representing the HSA on NSAI, EU and National Disability Authority work groups. He developed the Manual Handling and People Handling Training Framework in co-operation with the QQI and the HSA Manual Handling Training Advisory Group.

His main area of work at the present time relates to Ergonomics Risk Management.

He previously worked with Intel Ireland, Medtronic and Nypro Limited.

He graduated with a M.Sc. in Safety and Ergonomics from NUI, Galway, and a B.Sc. in Quality Management from Sligo Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Member of IOSH, member of the Irish Ergonomics Society and a Member of Engineers Ireland.

Ita Leyden

Ita Leyden

Ergonomist and Forensic Engineer, Leyden Consulting Engineers

Ita Leyden B.E., M.Sc., Dip. Em, C.Eng M.IEI, M.IES, C.MIOSH is a Consultant Ergonomist and Forensic Engineer.

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Ita is also Managing Director of Leyden Consulting Engineers (LCE) Ltd. – Safety, Training and Ergonomic Consultants.

Ita Leyden is a chartered engineer, ergonomist and a chartered member of the professional body for health and safety, the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) with over 25 years’ experience in the ergonomics, engineering, training and safety fields. She was one of the first in Ireland to qualify with a M.Sc. in Ergonomics, Health, Safety and Hygiene from University College Galway.

Ita’s work experience spans a variety of roles in engineering and health and safety, including at senior management in the pharmaceutical industry. Ita provides expertise to a variety of industry and service sectors, from retail, transport and manufacturing to construction. Consequently, Ita is involved in all areas of safety, from ergonomic design and assessment, provision of expert witness testimony through to process safety and training, implementation of behavioural based safety programmes and development of safety management systems.

Ita is a part time lecturer of ergonomics in University College Dublin (UCD).

Shay Fleming

Shay Fleming

Principal Solicitor, Shay Fleming & Associates Solicitors

Shay Fleming is a specialist legal practitioner in Occupational Safety & Health, Environmental, Regulatory Compliance, Professional Negligence, Forensic Science, Employment and Personal Injury litigation.

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He is also an Accredited Mediator. Prior to commencing practice as a Solicitor in 2015, Shay practiced for fifteen years as a Barrister mainly on the Dublin Circuit. Shay holds professional memberships of the Institute of Physics (Chartered Physicist), and Royal Society of Chemistry (Chartered Chemist). Before coming to law, Shay was an Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority and was employed in the microelectronics industry as a senior engineer.

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

EARLY BIRD RATE €395+VAT, per person.

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

CMG Events Conference Discount

  • 15% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.

The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event. 

Tel: 01 293 4764


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