ISM Training and Recruitment have officially opened their new training and recruitment centre in the Broomhill Business Complex in Tallaght. The centre will offer a wide variety of training courses including Forklift, Working at Heights, Healthcare, Business and Retail, CPC, Safe Pass, ADR and Manual handling. The recruitment division have a number of job opportunities available in the transport, warehousing, construction and healthcare sectors. Commenting at the official opening , Karl Walsh Senior Director of the ISM group said: “The advantage of having both training and recruitment under one roof is we don’t just train people we find them jobs that fit their newly acquired skills, we have been serving the community in Dublin North for over 10 years and our ambition is to provide the same high standards of training, job opportunities and value for money for the people of South Dublin” Joining customers and the ISM team on the day was guest of honour Mayor of South Dublin County Council Mark Ward, Mayor Ward commented” “While our economy is once again headed towards full employment, in this constantly evolving market, the need for training and upskilling has never been more relevant. With this new state-of -the-art training and recruitment centre in the heart of Tallaght, ISM offers government training boards, companies and jobseekers all their training and recruitment needs under one roof. For more information visit www.ismtraining.ie or call ISM on 01-8641790.
We have previously written about the responsibilities of employers when their staff “drive for work”. A real challenge in such situations is that many people – employers and employees alike – fail to understand what “driving for work” really means and consequently expose themselves to significant risk. While this is important and employers cannot neglect their legal responsibilities, it is also critical that a true partnership develops between the employer and employees to ensure that the necessary steps are taken. In 2017 the Irish Independent reported on a study which showed some shocking findings on basic driver awareness and preparedness. This included the following: 39% of drivers never checked tyre tread 31% of drivers failed to check oil levels 35% of drivers neglected to check whether brake lights are functioning 42% of drivers failed to check fuel levels before leaving on a long journey 33% of drivers didn’t know whether their vehicle had a spare tyre (and 37% didn’t know if their car had a jack!) Unfortunately, the report did not tell us whether these drivers worked for companies with suitable or effective policies, but let’s assume for a moment two key scenarios: where the employer either has a suitable policy in place or does not have a suitable policy in place. In the first instance, where a suitable policy is not in place, the employer would arguably have significant responsibility for allowing them to drive for work without having suitable knowledge of their vehicle and of the basic parameters of safe driving. Should an accident or incident happen while they are driving for work then the employer would carry significant liability. In the second instance, where a suitable policy is in place and training has taken place, it could well be argued that the employer has discharged their responsibilities. If the employee does not maintain sufficient knowledge of their vehicle and carry out the necessary checks despite a clear policy being in place, then to an extent they must bear a degree of responsibility. The lesson for employers, however, is that it is not enough just to have a policy in place: they must ensure that their employees follow it. That said, and as the saying goes, you can leave a horse to water… ISM Training’s specialist Fleet Division is highly experienced in all aspects of driving for work. We support Ireland’s largest organisations – private, state and semi-state – with the implementation of fleet training solutions to ensure that both that their legal obligations are met but more importantly that their employees are able to drive safely and effectively when carrying out their duties and “driving for work”. If you would like to learn more about how ISM Training and our Fleet Division can help you, call our friendly Customer Care Team today. Our friendly customer Customer Care Team can be contacted on 01 864 1790 and they would be delighted to discuss the consultancy and training options with you.
Driver CPC The importance of ongoing driver development is making sure the job is completed in a safe manner. According to HSA statistics, 44 people died in workplace accidents in Ireland in 2016. Of these, fully 45% of fatalities involved a vehicle of some shape or form. But which vehicles? And what does that tell us about road safety? Of the 20 people who died in vehicle-related workplace accidents in 2016: - 19 were male - 12 were involved in agriculture - 11 were over the age 55 - 8 fatalities involved a tractor On a certain level there is nothing overly surprising here. Farms are dangerous workplaces and farmers do tend to be predominantly older and male, yet beyond that the dangers inherent in warehousing and transportation generally are apparent. Are men riskier drivers? Well, data from the US would tend to suggest that they are: Many more men than women die each year in motor vehicle crashes. Men typically drive more miles than women and more often engage in risky driving practices including not using safety belts, driving while impaired by alcohol, and speeding. Crashes involving male drivers often are more severe than those involving female drivers. So what does this mean those of us who drive for a living or, indeed, manage those who drive for a living? The key lesson to take away from this is that Driver CPC and other forms of ongoing development are critical. Just because someone might be a confident male does not mean that they are a good driver. Equally, being an “experienced” driver does not mean that you will not have an accident. If you or your team need professional assessment and guidance on your driver safety initiatives, call the friendly team at ISM today. ISM Training’s specialist Fleet Division is highly experienced in all aspects of driving for work. We support Ireland’s largest organisations – private, state and semi-state – with the implementation of fleet training solutions to ensure that both that their legal obligations are met but more importantly that their employees are able to drive safely and effectively when carrying out their duties and “driving for work”. If you would like to learn more about how ISM Training and our Fleet Division can help you, call our friendly Customer Care Team today. Our friendly customer Customer Care Team can be contacted on 01 864 1790 and they would be delighted to discuss the consultancy and training options with you.
Does my organisation need to manage road risk? A basic part of any Health & Safety plan – the kind that most well-managed organisations should have – is a detailed approach to risk management and risk mitigation. If there is a fire, how should we manage it? If there is a workplace accident, who should respond? In the event of trips and injuries, what should we do? So when it comes to driving for work and a clear driving for work policy, isn’t it odd that the same thing does not apply? Most especially when you consider that over 40% of work-related deaths are caused by road collisions! A 2014 report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) makes for compelling reading and comes to the virtually inescapable conclusion that when it comes to managing road risk at work “the financial and other benefits of such a programme could outweigh the costs of implementation.” The report also goes on to highlight other benefits, “such as increasing efficiency in organisational management and administration”. We have previously highlighted employer responsibilities when it comes to driving for work and, stemming from that, the need for a clear driving for work policy. But put in more human terms, one workplace accident is one too many, most especially if it involves risks that could easily have been minimised or avoided altogether. That a report is even needed in order to make these points is, when you think about it, quite astounding. Beyond basic good corporate practice, how should an organisation’s leaders know whether they need to more actively manage road risk? The ETSC suggest that if you answer yes to any one of the following questions then chances are you need to manage road risk more effectively: Do you operate vehicles for work? Do your employees drive for work? Do your employees or others drive on your premises? Do you provide employees with vehicles? Do you contract transport services? Regardless of whether you have a driving for work policy or not, if your organisation has people driving for work then now might be a good time to reflect on these questions and take the necessary steps before it is too late. Because when it comes to managing risk to save a human life, too late really is too late. If you need help assessing your own driving for work risks or putting in place an effective risk management process, visit us at www.prodrive.ie or call one of our experts today on 01 864 1790.
Best Tips for Winter Driving Winter and the stormy weather that goes with it are well and truly with us and, like it or not, over the next few months each of us will have to deal with wet and slippery roads. The dangers are amplified if those driving for work and as such forced to travel on unusual or unfamiliar roads. In order help you drive safely during the inclement weather, ISM Training have put together the following tips. These are very helpful tips, even for people familiar with the basics of advanced driving. "SLOW DOWN!" It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather. This should be obvious but it is also very important. "SLOW DOWN!" is the golden rule! Maintain proper following distance and drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you Don't follow large trucks or buses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. If you must pass, do so quickly and safely Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down Turn your headlights on even in a light rain, or in gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you. If your car has daytime running lights you still should put them on, so vehicles behind you can see you better. Avoid off-road driving: it's hard to judge the actual depth of puddles and you can easily become stuck, even in an SUV Never drive beyond the limits of visibility. The glare of oncoming lights can cause temporary loss of visibility while substantially increasing driver fatigue. Never drive through moving water: your car could float and be swept off the road. When driving through a puddle of uncertain depth, go slow. If it's deeper than the bottom of your doors, turn around and find another route. Deep water can cause serious damage to a modern car's electrical system Before you go - Wet weather driving demands gentle use of all the main controls - steering, clutch, brake and accelerator - and a larger allowance for errors and emergencies. When you begin a journey in rain, your shoes will be wet and liable to slip off the pedals. Scuff the soles on the rubber matting or carpeting of the car before you start the engine. All motorists should regularly check that their headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are working properly. How are your tires? - Check your tires on a regular basis. Bald tires significantly reduce your traction on wet roads and offer little resistance to hydroplaning. When your tires run over water, the water is displaced and it needs somewhere to go quickly. The best place is between the treads of your tires. If your tires are bald, the water has no place to go and you end up riding on a layer of water, like a boat. Handling a skid - Losing control of your [...]
Driving for Work Do you or your employees “drive for work”? On the face of it, this might appear to be a pretty straight-forward question, or at least in the minds of many! Even the term “driving for work” seems to conjure images of couriers or truck drivers trekking around the country-side as they fulfill the requirements of their role, yet the reality is much, much more mundane. So what is “driving for work”? The RSA are pretty clear about this, outlining that: Driving for work includes any person who drives on a road as part of their employment (not including driving to and from their work) in either: a company vehicle their own vehicle, with mileage reimbursement from their employer If you think about it, this includes anyone who gets behind the wheel in the name of your organisation. While this includes any “professional” drivers you have working for your such as the couriers or truck drivers we have already mentioned, it also includes anyone who is out and about for your company in a vehicle: a sales rep heading off to meet a customer, the finance manager driving to meet with the company’s auditors, the receptionist ducking off to the post office to send a parcel. So if each of these people is “driving for work”, what then are your responsibilities as an employer? For a start, it is important to recognise that the basic Health & Safety legislation applies to anyone driving for work. By definition this means that risk assessment processes should also be developed and implemented to cover “driving for work” situations. Beyond that, however, there are some very specific responsibilities that you as an employer have. The HSA and RSA have published a very helpful set of guidelines that all employers should be familiar with. These guidelines specify that an employer must make sure that its employees are: Legally entitled to drive the vehicle they are using Using a vehicle that is safe and roadworthy Properly informed, trained, competent and fit to drive the vehicle safely Using the vehicle safely [as per manufacturers and employer instructions] ISM Training’s specialist Fleet Training Division is highly experienced in all aspects of driving for work. We support Ireland’s largest organisations – private, state and semi-state – with the implementation of fleet training solutions to ensure that both that their legal obligations are met but more importantly that their employees are able to drive safely and effectively when carrying out their duties and “driving for work”. How ISM Training can help: If you would like to learn more about how ISM Training and our Fleet Division can help you, call our friendly Customer Care Team today. Our friendly customer Customer Care Team can be contacted on 01 864 1790 and they would be delighted to discuss the consultancy and training options with you. You can also email email@example.com
In-House Forklift Training Since opening the doors to Irelands largest Forklift training centre in 2010 we have worked with over 8000 trainees in helping them develop the skills required to safely operate forklift machinery. Many of our trainees have moved into supervisory roles within their organisations and have asked if we can help develop their careers even further by way of a structured approach to delivering in-house training to their teams. In response, we have developed our new In-House Forklift instructor course starting February 12th. Our ’IN-HOUSE INSTRUCTOR TRAINING’ Course is designed to train pupils to deliver in-house familiarisation and specific job training. They will also be trained in how to develop and deliver practical and theoretical tests and in how to keep accurate training records in accordance with the HSA code of practice. The 5-day course includes the following: Machine Familiarisation Practical Operator and Theory Test to Instructor Standard Qualities of the Instructor Principles of Instruction Preparation and Planning Motivation, Skills Analysis Lesson Planning Question and Answer Technique Sample Practical Lesson Trainees will receive a complete Trainers Start-up Pack including attendance sheets, presentation slides and course delivery material. Course Time and Dates: February 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th Time: 4pm – 10pm Location: ISM, Jamestown Business Centre, Finglas, Dublin 11. For Bookings or Enquiries Contact the ISM Sales Team on 01-8641790
Parents teaching their children how to drive A leading national broadcaster recently recounted her horror at observing that her infant son was imitating her attitude and even language when they were driving together in the car. She noted that one day when beeping her horn in displeasure at the behaviour of another driver, her son launched a perfect version of one of her standard put-downs – crude language and all! While this episode may have prompted the broadcaster to moderate her language when driving (at least in the presence of her son!), you can’t help but wonder whether any other element of her practice as a driver changed. Having realised that her son was paying so much attention to what she did behind the wheel, did she – for example – start to drive with more consideration for other motorists or moderate her general demeanour? Or did she just keep on driving as usual – just without the language? Before you jump to any conclusions, it should be noted that this is by no means an attempt to denigrate the driving abilities of the broadcaster in question. Rather we are simply highlighting the importance that parents and other role models play in our development. The importance of positive role models for our personal and professional development is well-recognised in the field of learning. As humans we inevitably subconsciously mirror the behaviours of people who we respect and look up to. Yet what about when it comes to driving? Well, as our initial story has indicated the same applies to driving and learning to drive. As drivers our understanding of what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour on the roads so often comes from the behaviours that we have learnt from our first and perhaps most important role models – our parents. So if you are a parent perhaps now might be a good time to reflect on your own driving and think about the way you drive and behave on the road is provide a positive or, possibly, not so positive role model to your children. If they are young then there is no better time to make a change and practice safer and more considerate driving. Ultimately, safer driving is better for all – for you, your children and society at large – each one of us has an important role to play.
On Road Training While it may at first seem counter-intuitive, there is no doubt that “learning to drive” doesn’t just stop the moment you pass your driving test. While this initial, formal period of learning is a vitally important step in learning and embedding safe driving habits, it is really designed to get you familiar with the vehicle and its controls. Practical real world driving is more than just making the car go from A to B. It is about building and executing the safest plan based on the information you can glean from reading the road ahead and the situation around your vehicle. As the possibilities are endless, the reality is that we are all constantly learning how to drive better. Take a simple example. You might quite happily and safely spend your life driving around Ireland, knowing instinctively how Irish drivers behave and react, and never needing to pause for thought on the best way to get from A to B. Yet if you then decide to go on a holiday in somewhere like France or Spain and, while you are there, rent a car, you are immediately confronted with a whole range of challenges: The driver’s seat is on the opposite side of the vehicle The gear stick is on your right side and not your left side as it is in Ireland You need to drive on the opposite side of the road When turning or changing lanes the angles are all completely different Basic driver behaviour is different – not necessarily better or worse, just different You might think that we are stating the obvious here – and in many ways we are – but often we don’t think about it until we are already in the midst of the changed situation. Closer to home, in recent weeks the country has been ravaged by Hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian. Needless to say this has meant that we were all suddenly faced with a new range of challenges when driving – even if those challenges were on the roads that we know well. Heavy rain, fallen leaves and branches, spot-flooding and unexpected detours all contributed to hazardous driving conditions throughout the country. If we think then of driving not just as a skill learned and perfected once but rather as a skill that we need to constantly enhance and develop, there is no better way to do this than with advanced driver training. Perhaps not surprisingly, a study by UK charity, IAM Roadsmart found that… 90% of advanced drivers are more aware of other road users and potential hazards 66% believe that advanced driver training helped them to avoid an incident or collision 78% have better car-handling skills So if you want to enhance your driving skills and be better able to handle the challenges on our roads, contact ISM today to learn about our Advanced Driver Training programmes. Our friendly customer Customer Care Team can be contacted on 01 864 1790 or firstname.lastname@example.org, [...]