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Enerpower Lidl

As part of their “A Better Tomorrow” sustainability programme, Lidl have partnered with Waterford Company Enerpower to install Ireland’s largest solar panel installation project. This installation will take place at Lidl’s new distribution centre in Newbridge, Co. Kildare which is currently under construction.

Once installed, the solar panels at the Lidl distribution facility will produce 1,011,929 kilowatt hours of energy from a sustainable resource annually which is the equivalent to meeting the electricity requirements of 240 homes and reduces the centre’s carbon output by some 473 tonnes annually. As a result of this investment over one quarter of Lidl’s energy requirements will now be generated by solar power.

Lidl will work with Waterford based Enerpower, who will supply the 4364 individual panels, which will be installed on the roof of the distribution facility – making this Ireland’s largest ever installation of PV solar panels.

Click here to learn more about this project

Passion nhi digital landing

Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) is the national representative body for the private and voluntary nursing home sector. They invited a shortlist of design agencies to tender for their new website, and following a rigorous selection process, they awarded the contract to Passion for Creative, a Waterford design agency and Waterford Chamber member.

The new website is now live and you can see it here. Commenting on the new website, Passion for Creative MD Jill Hincks had the following to say: "This was a great project to be involved in, as it’s a sector close to our hearts. We all know someone in a nursing home so it’s important that people can find the information they need, when they need it. Being able to design the new website for NHI was a pleasure and a privilege."

LCE Office Ergonomics

November 4th – 8th 2019

For professionals who need to develop their understanding of, and competence in, the practical application of ergonomics in the workplace, from risk assessment to accident investigation.

This 5 day course, delivered by Ita Leyden BE, M.Sc, C.Eng, C.MIOSH, Consultant Ergonomist and Forensic Engineer, will give delegates the practical tools and knowledge to assess ergonomic risks – reducing absenteeism due to musculoskeletal disorders and increasing productivity by optimising human performance.

Module 1: Principles of Ergonomics
Module 2: Human Capabilities Physical
Module 3: Human Capabilities Cognitive
Module 4: Human Capabilities Organisational
Module 5: Ergonomic Assessment Tools
Module 6: Ergonomic Assessment Tools
Module 7: Design Interventions for Industry Settings
Module 8: Design Interventions for Office Settings
Module 9: Implementing Improvement Programmes

On completion of the course delegates will:

  • Be confident in how they can conduct a simple ergonomics survey
  • Be armed with tools and techniques for evaluating the way people work
  • Be able to apply ergonomics principles and assimilate these into prevailing policies and procedures
  • Understand how to manage risks and realise the reasons that lead to the development of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Work as part of an ergonomics improvement team which will safeguard better ergonomics throughout the workplace
  • Be qualified as a VDU Assessor in office based work station assessments

Certified by LCE - Ireland's recognised experts in the field of human factors and ergonomics. 

Each participant will receive an LCE Certificate of completion awarded on successful completion of course. 

€1,695.00

Bookings or further info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 051 364344

Iverk Show Advert 2019

Now in its 193th year the Iverk Show will be held on the 24th August.

With up to 20,000 visitors annually and over 300 trade stands it is a great venue to do business. Space is the main limiting factor so if you want to part of this great day early booking is essential. Space is available for outdoor stands, the small business marquee, the food market or the outdoor family area. ATM facilities will be available again this year. There is something for everyone at the show.

Email our secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 051 644621.

The full prize schedule is available on our website www.iverkshow.ie.

Home Instead Senior CareWith the mercury set to rise in the coming weeks Home Instead Senior Care has advised exercising caution for seniors in the sun.

Older people are at increased risk of heat related illness, especially if they live alone, have medical conditions or take certain medicines. In many cases being frail, not able to move as easily or having dementia can affect an elderly person’s ability to take adequate care of themselves in hot weather.

Home Instead Senior Care Waterford has issued guidelines and advice to enable people to put together a plan for how to assist an older person to cope during extreme heat.

  • Arrange to check on an older person twice a day if you can during extreme heat, especially if he/she lives alone. If possible, do not rely on just talking on the phone, as you need to be able to make sure they are drinking enough water and assess any changes to their physical condition,
  • Make sure the older person has a phone which will work during a power failure. If they have a safety alarm pendant, make sure this will work if the power was off.
  • If an older person seems to be suffering from heat stress, they need to be cooled down immediately. Use cool baths, showers, or place cool, wet towels on their neck and underarms.
  • Call a doctor or an ambulance if an older person’s condition does not improve within an hour after taking steps to cool them down, or if they have any heat related symptoms that are causing concern.
  • People caring for others also need to look after themselves in extreme heat, or they put at risk their own health as well as their ability to care for others.

Keeping Cool:

Try to encourage the older person to take simple steps to keep cool such as: rinsing a cloth in cool water and using it to wipe their arms and neck; sleeping with just a sheet over them; putting their feet in a bowl of cool water; making ice cubes from water or cordial and sucking them to keep cool; and/or putting a bowl of ice cubes in front of a fan to create a cool breeze.

Clothing and personal aids

Encourage them to wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing. Sunscreen should always be worn by an older person, even if they only go outside for a short time, as their skin is much thinner and can burn easily. A wide-brimmed hat that shades the face and covers the head is advisable if going outdoors in the heat.

Sunglasses should always be worn outside but make sure they are taken off before going inside to prevent an accident. Pausing inside for a few minutes is a good idea to help eyes adjust from the bright sunlight.

Check that wheelchairs, walkers and other metal equipment that may be used by an older person do not become hot to touch, as this can cause a burn.

Eating and drinking

Older people may not always be able to tell when they are thirsty so encourage them to drink water regularly, unless their doctor has advised them to limit the amount of fluid they drink. It is a good idea for an older person to have a water bottle with them at all times in the heat to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Encourage them to eat smaller meals more often during hot weather. Using stoves or ovens less often also keeps the temperature cooler in their home and reduces the risk of accidentally leaving them on.

Medicines

If they take prescribed medicines, they must continue to take these during periods of extreme heat. Some medicines can make an older person more prone to sunburn and heat stress, so extra care should be taken to watch for signs that they are becoming affected by the heat. If you need more advice on particular medicines, speak to a pharmacist or a G.P.

If you are concerned about a senior family member or friend, call Home Instead Senior Care Waterford on 051 333966 or visit www.homeinstead.ie.

Smovey Chair yoga

We will start each class with deep breathing and meditation which can be great distraction technique for people that are in pain or discomfort, this will also be a beneficial tool to help you manage your condition when you are at home and away from the comfort and security of the class environment.

We will then do some chair yoga to help increase mobility and flexibility – starting off the 1st week very easy and progressing as the weeks go by. We will also be using vibration therapy tools called “smoveyMED” which have had remarkable results for people with neurological conditions as the vibrations increase circulation and reduce inflammation throughout the body.

The Exercise Part of the class will be for the 1st hour and the remaining 30 minutes will be socialising which has been scientifically proven to increase B.D.N.F. which is miracle growth for the brain.

Please see www.smoveyhealth.com for a range of personal testimonials

Irene Treacy is PD Warrior and Parkinson’s Regeneration Trained, a certified yoga instructor specializing in brain injuries and Ireland's 1st smoveyCOACH. Irene is also a certified practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and currently studying to become a Holistic Councillor.

The classes are starting on Wednesday 24th July in Butler Community Centre, St. Johns Park, Waterford from 10am to 11.30am and cost €70 for all 5 weeks.

Spaces are limited and can be booked by calling 085 8525766 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JG GL AWD RANGE

Have you been thinking about a new Jaguar vehicle for 192? With a €3,000 discount across the range for 192, now is the perfect time to discover your new Jaguar in Auto Boland Waterford:

For 3 months, you can enjoy a €3,000 discount across the Jaguar range to celebrate Jaguar’s historic treble at the 2019 World Car Awards.

The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE is the first model ever to win three World Car titles in the 15-year history of the awards. Not only has it won the coveted 2019 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year titles – equalling the success of the F-PACE in 2017 – it has also been named World Green Car.

The all-electric I-PACE completes Jaguar’s trio of SUVs, the PACE family, comprising the F-PACE performance crossover, the new E-PACE compact performance SUV and now I-PACE, the all-electric performance SUV that puts Jaguar at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution. The Jaguar family also includes the award-winning XE, XF and XJ saloons and the dramatic F-TYPE sports car.

Each model comes with the peace of mind of Jaguar’s 3-year warranty, 3-year roadside assistance and a Free 3 Year Service Plan. And now all new Jaguars will also benefit from a €3,000 discount, available during a 3-month summer celebration until the 31st August 2019.

For more information on Auto Boland’s 192 Jaguar offers, don’t hesitate to call our sales team on 051-335000. Click here for more information.

 

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