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LCE’s Managing Director Ita Leyden was guest speaker at four ergonomic risk assessment workshops put on by the Health & Safety Authority around the country.

Posting on her LinkedIn account after the events Ita said “This was the 3rd year I was lucky enough to be involved with the series of national workshops on ergonomics assessment tools run by the HSA - the enthusiasm and interest levels from attendees was brilliant. What was most encouraging was having over 200 professionals interested in improving workplace ergonomics - considering that when I started out working as an ergonomist almost 30 years ago, most couldn't pronounce the word - not alone understand what it meant!”.

Ita is often asked to speak at events like this. For updates on upcoming events and for more from Ita herself you can follow LCE on LinkedIn. Simply search LCE Workplace Safety or click here.

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With recent high-profile violent attacks on company executives, ‘Manguard Plus’, the country’s largest privately-owned Irish security firm, has some timely tips for companies, organisations and individuals, concerned about their security vulnerability and arrangements.

Leo Harris, Chief Operating Officer with the company which has an office on Main Street, Tramore, says, “Attacks of late do tend to make companies and sometimes, individuals, assess security, and to this end we have experienced a spike in demand for our security risk assessments”.

“Preparation is key. As a country, and as a county, we are attracting more and more high-profile companies who are acutely aware of the security needs of these companies and their employees”.

“Indigenous firms are equally looking at security as part of their overall risk procedures so really it is a growing area for us”.

“What we are seeing is a proactive approach from firms as they are aware that it’s far easier to organise a risk assessment rather than having to retrospectively deal with the fallout from a serious security incident.”

Mr Harris says that whether you are a small manufacturing company of some five people or a large multinational with thousands of employees, the basic principles of security remain the same, and it is now more crucial than ever for organisations and companies to carry out Security Risk Assessments.

“The golden rule, irrespective of company size, carry out an analysis of your risk exposure and implement effective control measures suitable to your exposure.”.

He says a security management plan is becoming increasingly important for companies and will become routine in time.

“The methodology we employ in undertaking a security risk assessment ensures that all security threats are identified, and an assessment of the adversaries’ intent and capability is included in the overall analysis. It’s a multi stranded approach that takes several factors into account”.

“We establish the context, identify the risk, analyse and evaluate the risk and then treat the risk”.

“We carry out Executive Security Assessments to include executive activities, travel, office, home and social life to include interaction with family and friends as well as identifying weaknesses in their security processes. This aids in the development of a robust security infrastructure to protect the executive and his/her family. Route risk assessments are crucially important, and we go through all this with the individual organisation”.

“We follow the internationally recognised Risk Assessment Methodology that is compliant with ISO 31,000:2018 Risk Management Guidelines. As part of this assessment process we use a modified security risk methodology which ensures we identify all security risk exposures, and through a systematic approach we can conduct an in-depth analysis of the threats, criticality and vulnerability facing the executive and or organisation”.

Put simply a company should follow some key guidelines that are really a blueprint for good security practise.

1.Identify your context.

Where do you operate and what environment do you operate in. Are you a cash business; how do you secure and manage this; do you have sensitive data; what, if any, procedures do you have to safeguard cash and data?


What threats might you face; what threats might your organisation face. In order to analyse any potential risks, you must analyse your critical assets and what would any potential criminal come looking for. Once you have assessed these fully you can then look at your existing security. For example, if you have cash, do you feel if criminals can access it and how vulnerable do you look to attack. Once you have gone through your threats systematically, you then have to carry out an analysis of them and this analysis is based on the probability of attack and your risks. It is crucial then to put in control measures. You must have a response element, this is critical in the event of something untoward happening. You must be able to send out a signal, either to the Gardai or to a recognised monitoring station like we operate at ‘Manguard Plus’, and this signal is responded to.

3. Social Media

People unwittingly reveal huge information about themselves, their families, their whereabouts and the employers by over sharing on Social Media. It truly is the latter-day security camera; the smallest bits of information pieced together by criminals can give them a huge insight into potential targets. The landscape has certainly changed in Ireland with Cyber Crime being a significant risk and again the golden rule is that organisations undertake a risk assessment and employees secure the information.

4. Develop security awareness within your organisation

One of the key factors that your company or organisation can do is foster an awareness amongst your staff on the importance of security. I can’t stress this enough. Your staff are your best assets in the fight against crime. Once you have adopted a culture of vigilance it is like a framework from which to work on and it helps you determine any potential failings in your company.

So, to recap. Assess your current situation. Foster an awareness of security in all your staff. Ensure you have a plan and response in place.

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Winter can be extreme, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the outdoors. That's why we are pleased to offer you a complimentary Winter Health Check to ensure that you are ready for the season ahead.


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Contact us on 051-335000 to book your complimentary Winter Vehicle health Check. See

*20% Discount on Wipers is in conjunction with a Winter Health Check being carried out on your vehicle. Offer applicable until 31st December 2019.

Theatre Royal Magical Mozart

From the producers of A Viennese Strauss Gala, this sumptuous fully costumed show immerses us in the wonderful music and the classical baroque world of one of the world’s greatest romantic composers - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

With beautiful settings, costumes, lighting, and of course candles, the European Baroque Ensemble and world class opera singers transport you back to the sumptuous past

A packed programme of classical music and song, which includes excerpts from the most memorable of Mozart’s operas, such as:

  • The Magic Flute
  • The Marriage of Figaro
  • Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and many more.

An evening of Mozart Masterpieces not to be missed on Wednesday November 6th at Theatre Royal Waterford

Starts @ 8 p.m. Tickets: €25/€23 from Box Office or

Pimbrook Sage Payroll Webinar 1

3rd, 5th, 11th & 12th December 2019

1hr – Walk through Payroll Year End
30 mins – Q&A

Payroll End of Year Webinars Terms & Conditions:

  • Cost: (To be invoiced)
  • FREE OF CHARGE for Pimbrook Software Payroll Clients
  • 59 Euro per person for all others
  • Please note that payment is due prior to the webinar
  • Pimbrook Software reserves the right to re-schedule any session where there are less than two people booked
  • Webinars are non-refundable
  • Morning Webinar takes place from 9:30am to 11:00am
  • Places are limited so early booking is advisable

    Pimbrook Sage Payroll Webinar 2

    4th & 10th December 2019

    Terms & Conditions for the Sage Payroll End of Year Seminars:

    • Cost (To be invoiced):
      • 150 Euro per person for Pimbrook Software Clients
        • 20% discount off per person fee for additional people booked onto seminar. This offer is available to Pimbrook Clients
      • 190 Euro per person for all others
    • Please note that payment is due prior to the Seminar
    • Pimbrook Software reserves the right to re-schedule any session where there are less than two people booked
    • Seminars are non-refundable
    • Morning Seminar takes place from 9.30am to 12.30pm
    • Places are limited so early booking is advisable
    • Refreshments served

    Lafcadio new interactive visitor experienceProject opens with Fáilte Ireland investment of €73,000 through the Storytelling Interpretation Grants Scheme for Ireland’s Ancient East

    Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan, T.D. unveiled a new and enhanced visitor experience at the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore, Co. Waterford, following Fáilte Ireland investment of €73,000.

    The enhancements at Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore, which are expected to bring in an additional 11,000 visitors over the next five years, will take visitors on a journey through the amazing life of writer Patrick Lafcadio Hearn1 and the magic and mystery of the Orient. The official opening was also attended by H.E. the Japanese Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano, MEP Grace O’Sullivan, Waterford City and County Mayor, John Pratt and Fáilte Ireland representatives.

    This is the third project funded under the Storytelling Interpretation Grants Scheme to open in Waterford, with Lismore Heritage Centre and Bishop’s Palace also recently unveiling their new and improved visitor experiences.

    The unique gardens, which have been open to the public since 2015, were designed to tell Hearn’s life story, who was brought up in Ireland and achieved iconic status in Japan where he lived from 1890-1904. The new interactive experiences will significantly enhance the visitor journey with:

    • a new audio-visual room, created by Mirador Media, Tramore, offering a narrated video introduction to the gardens and two interactive touch screen information centers;
    • an authentic new Japanese Tea House (Designed by Mike Roberts and built on site by Richard Cowman) where visitors can view a shadow casted image of the centuries old Japanese Tea Ceremony and will be introduced to images of the old Japan that Hearn loved;
    • and a new self-guided audio tour available in five languages, including Japanese to guide the visitor through each of the ten garden areas2.

    Unveiling the new interactive visitor experience, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan, T.D. said:

    “I’m delighted to see the new enhancements at the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens here today. Fáilte Ireland investment in projects like this is critical in driving greater tourism growth across the regions and I have no doubt that the new additions to the gardens will provide a boost to visitor numbers in the South East.”

    Whilst this was the first visit to the gardens of the newly appointed Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Mitsuru Kitano, he was the latest in a succession of his country’s dignitaries to visit the gardens since their formal opening in 2015. Their visits all acknowledged this Irish memorial to Lafcadio Hearn who was known as ‘Japan’s most famous Irishman, and whose writing is still on the school curriculum in Japan today’.

    Speaking about the ever-increasing importance of protecting and developing biodiversity and the natural environment, MEP Grace O’Sullivan, said:

    “Hearn was a true and early advocate of biodiversity in his own published work ‘In a Japanese Garden’ and the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens is a sustainable tourism project of the utmost importance and charm”.

    Mary Houlihan, Manager, Ireland’s Ancient East at Fáilte Ireland, said:

    “At Fáilte Ireland, we are always looking for opportunities to stimulate the development of brilliant visitor experiences, and the new interactive features at the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are testament to what can be achieved through investment and innovation. This is just one of 19 projects set to open following funding from our Ireland’s Ancient East Storytelling and Interpretation grants scheme and each project brings to life local heritage and culture. The enhanced experience at the gardens will boost the South East’s tourism appeal and will deliver significant growth in the number of visitors coming to the Waterford, bringing greater spend and revenue to the area.”

    Agnes Aylward, Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Director, said:

    “The grant funding from Fáilte Ireland has been of immense importance. This funding has enabled us to tell the amazing story of these gardens, and their namesake, in the very best possible way to our national and international visitors. We are delighted to be able to offer our visitors a really in-depth and satisfying experience.”

    For more information on the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, please visit:

    The Ireland’s Ancient East Storytelling and Interpretation Grants Scheme is funded under the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 strategy with the aim of driving sustainable growth in the Irish tourism sector and higher revenue and job creation around Ireland.


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