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Health & Safety

The Health & Safety of our staff and customers is of paramount importance to us. Our HSEQ Advisor Grace Murphy regularly audits our premises and operating procedures to ensure we go above and beyond in our compliance with Health & Safety regulations laid out by the Health & Safety Authority. With over 28 years of expanding business, we have a vast wealth of experience in Health & Safety with very high standards that can deliver services in a secure way to give peace of mind to both staff and valued customers.


When the Covid19 pandemic began, we rapidly adjusted to the unprecedented challenges facing the safety of people involved in all aspects of our business.  We found ourselves constantly learning & having to find innovative ways to trade whilst keeping the wellbeing of our Staff & Customers at the fore. We continually monitor and review our Covid 19 procedures to ensure adherence to Government Guidelines. Risk Assessments are carried out on every task that presents itself to us and we have implemented operating procedures in all Laois Hire Depots in line with the Government’s and HSE recommendations on the management of Covid-19 including:


  • Plexi Glass Screens Instore
  • New product & Vehicle Sanitisation system
  • Drivers have extra PPE and anti-bacterial sprayer
  • Social Distancing in all operations
  • Hand Sanitisation for customers
  • Staff Temperature checks

We are also casting our minds forwards, on how the virus will change future operations on a long term basis. Grace says: “In terms of the future, I feel that Product Sanitisation will play a huge role in our Industry in the coming years, both within the company, and on site. In Laois Hire we have introduced a comprehensive Product Sanitisation. Any 1 piece of equipment will have gone through our Sanitisation Process three times in the turnabout from one customer to the next, namely at Delivery, Collection, and the Test & Run stage with particular attention to the ‘Touch Points’ such as Levers, Buttons, Handles, Plugs, grip points, triggers, cables, doors etc.”


Grace also feels strongly that we can’t let the pandemic draw attention away from regular procedures. “It is paramount that the normal health and safety requirements of any operational activity must not be compromised at this time. They are no less important than usual and if an activity cannot be undertaken safely, it should not take place.”

Ending on a positive note, Grace says “One Encouraging thing we can take from this is that we have used this time to focus on retraining & upskilling our team for the challenges that lie ahead. Many staff members have completed Fire Marshall Training, Manual Handling & Mental Health Awareness.”