Permit to Work and Silica Dust

Afternoon Seminar on Permit to Work and Silica Dust

NISO Southern Region is hosting an Afternoon Seminar on Permit to Work and Silica Dust.

NISO Members – use code: nisombr5 for €5 discount. Membership status will be checked.

Workshop Series
Are you…

  • An Employer, Manager or HR Professional
  • A Health and Safety Manager or Consultant
  • A Safety Representative
  • Interested in Health and Safety?

…then this is for YOU!

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Date and Venue:

Cork: 22 May 2024; 13.00hrs. to 17.00hrs; Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, “Baltimore Room”, Ditchley House, Castleview, Little Island, Co. Cork.

Seminar Fee: €35 NISO Members / €40 Non Members

Tea/Coffee and Sandwich Included.

Seminar outline

Silica dust
Silica dust particles become trapped in lung tissue causing inflammation and scarring. The particles also reduce the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen

This seminar will answer the following questions:
• Where does silica dust come from?
• How does it harm workers?
• What are good control measures to mitigate exposure?

Permit to Work
This seminar will answer the following questions:
• Why is Permit to Work (PTW) important?
• Does it fit in with good safe management of work?
• What are typical roles on a PTW program?
• Paper versus electronic… is one better than the other?


13.00 Registration with meet and greet including light refreshments.

14:00 Silica Dust presentation

15:00 Questions and answers

15:15 Permit to Work

16:30 Questions and answers

17:00 Close


Pat O’Neill, H-Dip SHWW UCC
Pat started working life as a plumber and pipe fitter before moving onto mechanical engineering supervision in the pharmaceutical, petrochemical and powerplant industries and modular building systems.

Some highlights from Pat’s career include:

  • Work as an auditor and trainer in the utilities services. Bord Gas Irish Water (WIS 4-08-32)
  • City Guild fusion welding trainer.
  • Safety auditor on utilities services.
  • Work as a safety consultant to small companies and helping to develop a safety culture involving management and workforce by focussing on the safety culture and the positive effects on a company from a safe workforce and greater productivity perspective.
  • Safety trainer from the basic manual handling to LOTO, managing safety, classroom to site training.


Gareth Healy, Sisk
Gareth started his safety career in 2001 and joined Sisk in 2006. During his 18 years with the company he has gained extensive experience working on large scale construction projects. In his role as H&S Manager he systematically directs and coordinates H&S on site, consistently monitoring, auditing and reviewing as a matter of best practice and in line with OHSAS 45001 requirements. He has demonstrated excellent leadership skills in his role as H&S Manager and has played an important role in developing the high standards that have been achieved by Sisk in this area, in particular the introduction of the “Zero Incidents, Zero Injuries” policy on all company sites. He is well respected by both clients and colleagues and is very focused on achieving the high standards expected by Sisk on all projects.


  • Expertise in implementing H&S on complex large scale projects.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with clients, project management teams and stakeholders.
  • Proven reputation for upholding the highest levels of H&S on site and in particular in live environments.
  • Comprehensive working knowledge of construction H&S law, working practices and industry initiatives.

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