EMS & Associates officially opened their new office and training centre in East Coast Business Park and Mr. Ged Nash, T.D. & Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation performed the opening. EMS was also celebrating 20 years in the Health and Safety business.
Having started out in 1995 offering First Aid training only, over the years EMS broadened their range of courses within the Health and Safety industry. In 2007 they became a FETAC Quality Assured Training Centre. Shortly after that they became an Irish Heart Foundation Training Site and, more recently, a Solas Safepass Approved Training Organisation. They also offer a full range of Health and Safety Consultancy services to businesses.
As part of their commitment to developing their Training and Consultancy services to suit the needs of the market, EMS announced a new Business to Business service which will incorporate Business Development, Marketing and ISO Auditing. There will be a range of training courses and consultancy services available that can be moulded to suit the client. This service has been driven by the needs that have been identified in the recovering market and marks a new departure for EMS and a positive reflection of the economic recovery within the country and the local environs.
Minister Nash praised the commitment and hard work done by EMS & Associates and welcomed the expansion of their services. He said he was honoured to help mark the 20th anniversary and open the new offices and training centre. He also highlighted the upcoming Workers’ Memorial Day on 28th April next. This will be an annual event to promote safety and health in the workplace, with the support of workers, employers and the Health and Safety Authority. In the 5 year period between 2010 and 2014, 253 people were killed in work related accidents and last year alone 56 people died. In speaking about these figures, Minister Nash said it was only by working together for the common good that we will see a significant drop in these figures. Memorial Day will create awareness and, in turn, bring about action to ensure a culture of prevention in the workplace. Niall Edwards, Managing Director of EMS & Associates, echoed the Minister’s sentiments and expressed concern at the number of fatalities within the Agricultural sector. He said that Health and Safety was not about enforcing rules and regulations but about creating awareness and developing a safety culture to ensure best practice in health and safety in all workplaces.