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LCE IES Ergonomics ConferenceLCE attended the annual Irish Ergonomics Society conference in Dublin on Thursday 6th June. The event was held in the lovely grounds of the Technical University Dublin, situated in Grangegorman Lower.

The conference was very well attended with in excess of 80 people on the day talking about “Human Factors & Ergonomics - Lessons to be learned across domains; healthcare, manufacturing and transport”.

Presentations in relation to ergonomics in the workplace were plentiful with topics such as musculoskeletal disorders in bus drivers and gender differences of work-related upper limb disorders in health care workers being discussed.

Some other areas of interest in relation to ergonomic presentations included “A human factors approach to improve visual inspection for aircraft maintenance tasks” and “Task based risk assessment and monetised risk values for aviation maintenance activities: examples of evaluation for short cuts implications”. These were thought-provoking ways of looking at hazards in the workplace and how these companies addressed these issues by way of ergonomic risk assessments.

If ergonomics is under your remit, or you would like more information on ergonomic risk assessments then you can contact LCE on 051 364344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Port of Waterford BG DiamondBG Freight Line, in partnership with Maersk, is starting a new weekly service on the Waterford-Rotterdam route that will act as a deep-sea feeder for businesses in Ireland who are exporting or importing goods globally through Europe’s largest seaport. The new service is being introduced to support Maersk’s customers in the southeast and in response to the needs of some of the region’s largest industries. 

BG Freight Line is a long-established European shipping line and part of the Peel Ports Group. It runs a fleet of 23 fully containerised vessels from its headquarters in Rotterdam and focuses on northern European, UK and Ireland connections.

Maersk is the largest container logistics organisation in the world. It has a presence in 130 countries, employing over 75,000 people. Maersk moves more than 12m containers a year worldwide and offers a wide variety of other logistics products to service customer needs.

Koert Luitwieler, CEO, BG Freight Line, said: “BG Freight Line is always looking for new growth opportunities and adding Waterford will strengthen our excellent Irish Sea network even further. The call in Waterford will boost the shipping options for local businesses enabling them to reach Rotterdam within days and connect to the rest of the world!”

Simon Smith, Country Manager for Ireland & Scotland, Maersk, said: ‘’Maersk are very pleased to be in a position to grow deeper roots in the southeast. To be able to offer tailored solutions to our customers’ needs is at the heart of what we do. We look forward to working with our existing and new customers on ensuring this service is sustainable and successful for all importers and exporters in the southeast.’’

Frank Ronan, Chief Executive, Port of Waterford, added: “We are delighted to have this extra weekly service commencing next month (6th July). It marks the culmination of a lot of work over a significant period of time and is due in no small part to the consistent support of the region’s exporters, particularly from the agri-foods sector. The new service will be especially valuable to customers shipping containers to/from Africa, Asia and the Americas as it will feed into the global hub at Rotterdam and allow seamless movement of goods between Waterford and the rest of the world.

“Reflecting Ireland’s economic growth, the Port continues to perform well and this additional service will allow us provide new capacity to the many businesses in the southeast who trade goods globally. For the Port, the additional weekly service increases our activity and throughput which is obviously important from a business perspective. We look forward to working with BG Freight Line and Maersk to ensure that this is a sustainable partnership.”

Further information about BG Freight Lines is available at http://bgfreightline.com/. You can learn more about Maersk at https://www.maersk.com/ and the Port of Waterford at http://www.portofwaterford.com/.

LCE Health and Safety Basics

27th June 9am – 4pm

The H&S basics for employees course ensures that your staff are setting off on the right track. This gives employers the peace of mind knowing that they have covered all the necessary basics in this intensive safety training course with LCE Workplace Safety.

On completion of the course delegates should:

  • Have completed their mandatory manual handling training course.
  • Be aware of how they need to contribute to workplace safety.
  • Understand fire safety and the practical use of fire extinguishers.
  • Ensure proper computer VDU workstation set up as per the HSA guidelines.
  • Understand their legal obligations relating to safety at work.                                                 

10% Chamber discount for First 5 bookings made over the phone.

To secure your place please call Karen in LCE by close of business Monday 17th June on 051 364344

* Limited to new bookings over the phone only.

KBC Current Account

The KBC Current Account comes with great benefits and now you can open your account online in minutes.

  • Get your IBAN in minutes when you apply online
  • Free Contactless Payments when using your Debit Card for purchases in Euro
  • Free Internet and Mobile Banking Transactions
  • Bonus rates on personal loans, mortgages and regular savings^
  • Use your KBC debit card with Google Pay™ Apple Pay™ Fitbit Pay™ Garmin Pay™ & wena pay™

^Bonus offers are subject to availability.
Other fees and charges including Cash withdrawal [ATM] charges if used, apply.

PortofWaterford 038Port of Waterford is beginning a public consultation process seeking inputs from all stakeholders on a proposed masterplan setting out how the port could develop over the 25-year period to 2044.

The company’s draft masterplan outlines various demand scenarios that will determine capacity requirements at the port. The intention is that the masterplan will provide a framework for development and position the port to respond to emerging trends and opportunities.

The first consultation sessions will be held on the 4th floor of the Marine Point office development in Belview, Co Kilkenny at 11:00 and 14:30 on Wednesday, 26 June. A further session will be held in the Passage East/Cheekpoint area of Co Waterford on 18 July with the time and venue to be posted on the port’s website once confirmed.

Commenting on the draft masterplan, Des Whelan, Chairman, Port of Waterford, said: “As a key enabler of economic activity in the region, it’s important that we take a medium- to long-term view of how the port can develop. This will set us up for success and – at a practical level – allow us proceed with more detailed planning on the type of infrastructure developments that we may want to advance in order to cater for future demand. There is a long lead time on  marine engineering projects and that makes it all the more important that we plan well in advance.”

Frank Ronan, CEO, Port of Waterford, added: “The masterplan and the process of creating it are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take stock of where the port is at today and, especially, where our future lies and where we can have the most positive impact for all of our stakeholders.

“I would encourage all interested parties to engage with us in the period through to 31 July so that their inputs can be taken on board in framing the final document. We are very aware in making our masterplan that we operate in a volatile global trading environment with uncertainty around Brexit, U.S. trade policy, responses to the climate emergency and so on. These macro issues only make it all the more important that we have a robust masterplan that takes account of various potential outcomes so that we are not caught on the back-foot and stuck in reactive mode.”

Further information and relevant documentation will be available from 13 June in the masterplan area of www.portofwaterford.com.

Enerpower Biomass

A new support scheme for renewable heat (SSRH) has been launched by the Government. The SSRH scheme will support businesses with the move towards renewable heat technology. This scheme aims to reduce energy costs for companies and those who take part in this new scheme will receive operating aid from the government.

Owen Power, Managing Director of Waterford company Enerpower has welcomed the governments introduction of the SSRH scheme. “This is a step forward for the government in assisting the move towards renewable energy and allowing businesses take control of their heating bills. The introduction of the SSRH will bring Ireland a little closer to meeting their European climate targets”

The scheme is open to a wide range of users and beneficiaries.  Those in receipt will receive operating aid in the form of a payment for the useful renewable heat generated over 15 years.  Eligible business includes commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users. 

More information on this scheme is available here.

JUNE 5, 2019 - Sedicii has been selected by Startup Grind, powered by Google for Startups, as one of the top startups inducted into the 2019 Accelerate Program. Additionally, Sedicii will be a featured startup for the Startup Exhibition in the Grind category at the 2019 Startup Grind Europe Conference held on June 6 in London.

“We are truly delighted to be among the selected companies to take part in the Accelerate program, it is a great reflection on the very exciting times in the evolution of Sedicii” said Founder & CEO of Sedicii, Rob Leslie following the announcement. As the world has seen over the last number of weeks and months, identity and personal privacy are matters that people are increasingly concerned about. Consumers and service providers have become acutely aware how important it is to have in place robust, state-of-the-art systems to ensure compliance, trustworthiness, privacy and peace of mind for all parties when it comes to how personal data is managed. “Sedicii’s unique Zero Knowledge Proof (ZKP) technology helps organisations onboard customers remotely in real-time and perform mandatory eKYC and AML checks, while simultaneously preserving the highest level of data privacy.

About Startup Grind

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 2,000,000 founders in more than 600 chapters globally. Founded in Silicon Valley, we nurture startup ecosystems in 125+ countries through events, media, and partnerships with organisations such as Google for Startups. Our local monthly events feature successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Startup Grind also hosts two flagship conferences annually — the Global Conference and Europe Conference. To date, Startup Grind has helped millions of entrepreneurs find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding, and reach new users. Learn more at StartupGrind.com.

About Sedicii

Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Waterford, Ireland, Sedicii is building a privacy-centric global digital identity platform. Our unique ZKP℗ technology identifies individuals against an authoritative source without exposing any data, in real-time, with full user consent, enabling new layers of cost reduction, risk reduction and efficiency for the regulated financial sector.

Sedicii has won numerous awards including being named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and most recently the BBVA Open Talent Fintech for Future Award.

Radius Technologies FortuityRadius Technologies, one of Ireland’s leading providers of private cloud, VoIP telecoms solutions and IT Managed services has acquired Cork-based IT company Fortuity.

Fortuity provides tailored IT infrastructure, maintenance and communications services to SMEs in Cork and the South West region.

According to Jerry Buckley, MD of Radius Technologies, “As part of our national expansion plan we had been seeking an acquisition in the south west region and with Fortuity we found a team with an excellent reputation in the market place who share Radius’ passion for excellent customer service and information security”.

Jerry continued, “Radius provides a combined team of over 45 staff, delivering engineering, helpdesk and support functions. This, combined with our accreditation and security standards (Microsoft Gold, ISO 27001 and ISO 9001), has created an extremely positive reaction from clients and the wider market”.

Kevin O’Regan, MD of Fortuity expressed his enthusiasm for the enlarged organisation. “Being part of the Radius team means our clients will receive a greater depth and bandwidth of support, excellent accreditation driven processes and access to a broad range of new private cloud and telecom solutions.”

“In any amalgamation our clients are our first priority, and we are delighted to see that Radius’ values and culture are completely aligned with Fortuity. Our clients are already seeing the benefits of our expanded team, product and service offering.”

As part of a national strategic plan Radius are currently expanding both their Waterford HQ and Dublin teams across all levels and functions of the organisation. They have also doubled their data centre footprint and capabilities to cater for the growing demands in private cloud and VoIP telecoms products.  

To find out more about Radius Technologies visit www.radius.ie or call 1890 592500.

 

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