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Security | Fire | Risk Management

Ireland’s Security, Fire and Risk Management Magazine

Magazine of the AIRM

Autumn 2011

Volume 12 | Issue No. 2 | Price â‚Ź4.00 |


Contents Risk Manager





PSA, The Civil Law Bill 2011

Creating A Buzz about Security

What is VsaaS?

IP Perspective



The Danger to Spray Painters

Its a Risky World

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Risk Manager is the quarterly magazine of the Association of Irish Risk Management (AIRM). The magazine is circulated among AIRM Members, Security Manufacturers, Distributors and Installers, Facilities Managers, An Garda Siochana, Insurance Companies and Brokers, Local Authorities, Fire Safety Companies, Loss Adjusters, Health & Safety Companies, Training Companies, Entertainment and Leisure Industry, Financial Institutions, Construction Industry, Government Departments involved directly or indirectly with the Irish Security Industry and Risk Management. Views expressed by contributors or correspondence are not necessarily those of the AIRM or Rosebank Media and neither accepts responsibility for them. Risk Manager welcomes product news, contract awards announcements, company news, appointments, press releases, etc, email details to the address above. Companies or individuals wishing to subscribe to the Risk Manager magazine can do so by contacting Rosebank Media.

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Chairman's Column download the speaker’s presentation, is available later in the magazine. Our Autumn schedule began with Caitriona O’Donovan, Dr. John Fallon and Noelle Dromgoole, Health Friendly Air, addressing the issue of Indoor Air Exposure in Irish Buildings and the Law.The seminar focused on the health effects of indoor air quality in office environments, outlining the various risk exposures; prevalence of workers suffering ill-health, clarifying the concept of “Sick Building Syndrome” and “Building related illness”, outlining the regulatory framework and standards of care.


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Welcome to the Autumn edition of Risk Manager Magazine. As this is my first column as the newly elected Chairman it is only right that I thank my immediate predecessor Chairperson Geraldine Dempsey for her stewardship for the past two years. This appointment is a great honour for me. Working closely with the committee I intend to ensure that the association remains as vibrant, active and relevant as it was since its foundation in serving the interests of its members.

AIRM website

With that in mind, I’m delighted to announce the launch of our new website www.airm.ie. As well as modernising the visual aesthetic, streamlining and simplifying the layout for the end user, the website contains some important new functionality. Relaunching the website was a timeconsuming affair so I’d like to specially thank Geraldine Dempsey for her involvement in bringing the website from its initial specification through to its final delivery. I would also like to thank Hugh Sexton and Stephen Heffernan for the role they played in selecting the web designer.

Past Seminars

Since the last publication, in our April seminar, Paul Foran, former Health and Safety Authority Inspector and Managing Director of OHSS, dealt with the specialist role that Occupational Hygienist’s play in assisting the risk manager in determining a worker’s exposure to hazardous chemicals and the efficacy of existing risk control measures. More information regarding the seminar, including where to


A compelling argument was made for the need for preventative maintenance programmes, overseen by HVAC engineers, to be supplemented by accredited competent air quality specialists to ensure the invisible bacterial microbes that can cause ill-health problems for exposed workers are addressed. Delegates were also informed how noise and light equally impaired a worker’s wellbeing and the standards of care employers’ are legally required to meet. Members can download the speakers’ presentations from the website from this link www.airm.ie/downloads

Annual Site Visit

Our annual site visit in May involved a trip to Wheatfield Prison, Clondalkin, which represented a rare insight to the inner workings of a “live” prison for youth offenders. What I found most stiking was how the Governors and their staff achieved a balance between providing a secure facility that didn’t compromise the integrity of emergency evacuation procedures or endangered the lives of their prison officers. The Governors sought to limit the scale of any outbreak of violence by segregating cell blocks, alternating prisoners access to the exercise yards and administering prison privilege system. Attitudes to managing prisoners has clearly progressed; unruly prisoners weren’t confined to “isolation” rooms devoid of any stimuli but were instead placed in “segregation” units designed in an inherently safe manner to meet the prisoner’s basic needs plus some the luxury access to a TV. It was interesting to note that despite the advancement in technology the Governors have found that less sophisticated but more robust security systems provided a more cost effective solution. Moreover prison designs dating back to the Victorian era were

able to provide sufficient levels of inmate supervision at a fraction of the staffing levels required in more modern prison designs.

Annual Golf Outing

Our annual golf outing took place in May at Killeen Golf Club, Naas. Turnout was higher than expected and I understand everyone enjoyed this social event. I’d like to make a special thank you to Peter O’Toole, Nigel Tonge and Nigel Dawkins for running the event so seamlessly.

Upcoming Seminars

In our October seminar Paul Dwyer, Paul C Dwyer & Associates, will address the risks of cyber crime, the cyber crime economy, and the importance of risk management. The seminar will deal with how cyber crime applies to/affects a company’s Business Continuity Plan, Data Protection protocols; security protocols for employees who work off-site, and identity theft.

2011 Committee Members

Finally, I would like to announce the officers and members of the Committee for 2011 as elected at our AGM in April. Stephen Heffernan takes up the post as Secretary, while John Dunny retains his role as Treasurer. The remaining committee members include Michael Brennan, Hugh Sexton, Tom English, Peter O’Toole, John Hamilton, Jason Kelly, Geraldine Dempsey, Ray Green, Nigel Tonge, John O’Reilly, and Lesley Doyle. Brendan Kavanagh stepped down from the committee and was appointed an Honourary member given his role in founding the association and active participation in advocating the role of risk management over the years. Sadly our colleague Phil Lewis Farrell stepped down from the Committee as she is emigrating to New Zealand. We are reliably informed the Rugby World Cup had nothing to do with her decision. We wish Phil and her family a happy future.

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The internet provides an instantly accessible, readily available means for professionals to stay informed and stay in touch. With this in mind the AIRM has worked with the website developer Lucidity Digital in modernising & simplifying the layout for the end user as well as delivering key features, namely: • Under the “Seminars” page, members can now register online if they wish to attend an upcoming seminar or event by selecting the “Register” button, which appears on-screen. Guest attendees or work colleagues interested in a particular topic can be easily accomodated by registering them online.

• Under the “Downloads” page, speakers’ presentations and • Under the “Members” page, past editions of the Risk Manager Magazine can now be existing members can now renew their subscription online or pay for freely downloaded. one-off events such as the annual golf outing or Christmas lunch by availing of Paypal’s secure online payment system. We hope our members enjoy the improved service. Ian Davis Chairman AIRM www.airm.ie

Industry News

GSD appoints IDAS as official distributor

Wireless security specialist GSD is pleased to announce the appointment of IDAS as an official distributor of its standalone and networked security products.

IDAS is a privately owned specialist security distribution company established in 2008. With an experienced team IDAS bring extensive experience to installation companies through pre and post-sales support. IDAS has offices, demonstration facilities and warehousing in Dundrum, Dublin 14.

Commenting on the appointment, Peter O’Connor, managing director of GSD, said, “We are delighted to have reached agreement with IDAS for the distribution of our Standalone and Network security products. IDAS have a strong team who are focused on providing unrivalled technical support to their customers. GSD look forward to working in partnership with IDAS to drive the sales of our advanced product range”. Commenting on the appointment, Paul Fox sales director of IDAS, said, “We are delighted to be adding the GSD product range to our portfolio. We look forward to working with GSD to provide

our customers with a very robust, innovative and cost effective access control solution”. GSD design, develop and manufacture stand-alone and networked wirefree access control solutions along with Grade 2 & 3 wirefree intruder alarm systems.

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VingCard Elsafe’s VISION Locking System Installed At University of Limerick Student Housing

Modern Accommodations at Ireland Institution Boasts Electronic Security Technology With Flexible Access Management

VingCard Elsafe, the global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, has installed its VISION locking system at all 424 student apartments at the newly renovated Plassey Village housing complex at Ireland’s prestigious University of Limerick. VISION by VingCard provides reporting capabilities to enhance the property’s security, with all access logged to ensure that anyone entering or leaving the buildings and their secure areas is automatically documented.

Originally completed in 1992, the university-owned and managed Plassey Village complex was entirely refurbished in time for the 2011 academic year. The university decided to implement VingCard’s VISION locking system, designed for ease of installation in retrofitted buildings for its slate of electronic remote monitoring capabilities. VISION tracks all attempts to access any housing unit, giving residents at Plassey Village the same level of comprehensive security found in the university’s academic buildings. Furthermore, the installation of VISION allows Plassey Village student residents to gain access to facilities throughout the campus with the same card that operates their residential locks. The cutting-edge yet costeffective VISION system uses intuitive touchscreen technology and menu-driven software for user-friendly operation, and with plug-andplay connectivity, an intuitive graphical interface and menu-


driven software, VISION is simple to install and to use. The system’s modular software can be easily updated with the latest technological enhancements.

VISION’s report templates and flexibility make it easy to quickly extract information about which keys have accessed which doors, and the dedicated portable LockLink interrogation and programming unit lets management view the last 600 locking events from the entry log audit trail. The VISION system is based on a robust and advanced client server SQL database, ensuring fast and reliable operations and preventing the system from crashing in the event of a single terminal outage. Database files are protected by highsecurity encryption. VingCard Elsafe is the world leader in developing locking systems for the student accommodation industry, offering userfriendly security systems that meet the unique operational needs of academic lodging facilities. www.vingcardelsafe.com

Industry News

GSD appoints Smart R Distribution as an official distributor in the UK Wireless security specialist GSD is pleased to announce the appointment of Smart R Distribution as an official distributor of its standalone and networked security products. Smart R Distribution a privately owned multidisciplined specialist distributor offering unrivalled experience and support for all products offered. Smart R Distribution is the new dynamic name in the world of access control & smart building technology with the experience and expertise of a veteran team. Commenting on the appointment, Peter O’Connor, managing director of GSD, said, “We are delighted to have reached agreement with Smart R Distribution for the distribution of our Standalone and Network security products. Smart R Distribution are well placed to become a leading access control distributor in the UK market, the teams experience and track record is second to none”.

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R Distribution, said, “In an industry as conservative as access control it is essential that any ground-breaking product proves even more reliable than its traditional counterparts and we are delighted that GSD products have met and exceeded our requirements. Wireless communication technology is already well accepted in the IT industry and we truly believe that, especially in the current competitive environment, security professionals will appreciate the convenience and cost-saving afforded by GSD’s innovative products”.

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GSD design, develop and manufacture stand-alone and networked wirefree access control solutions along with Grade 2 & 3 wirefree intruder alarm systems.

Commenting on the appointment, Neill Williams sales director of Smart

Legrand Expands It’s Irish Offer

Legrand has underlined its commitment to Ireland by expanding its offering to include products and solutions from its world leading cable management division, and renowned power distribution brands Electrak and Zucchini.

The company, which previously only sold wiring devices in Ireland, took the decision to expand its offering in order to bring Ireland in line with the UK, where the company is actively promoting its specialist capabilities across its cable management, power distribution and wiring devices divisions. Peter Mulligan, Legrand’s national sales manager, said: “Legrand is the world leader in cable management, world leader in wiring devices and in Electrak and Zucchini has two of the leading brands in power distribution.

“This formidable line-up enables us to deliver total power solutions for commercial, industrial and residential projects, meaning specifiers and contractors need only deal with one company for a wide variety of different electrical solutions.” Legrand has drawn attention to this capability with a powered by specialists strategy, which is aimed at ensuring the three divisions are promoted in such a way that

when people think of Legrand they think of the company as industry wide specialists as opposed to just a cable management, wiring devices or power distribution company.

install than its predecessor, was launched with a series of installer road shows during the summer and has already gone on to enjoy significant sales success.

“This approach has proved extremely successful in the UK with a significant increase in the number of orders incorporating solutions from across the different divisions,” continued Peter. “We are extremely confident that this success will be repeated here in Ireland.”


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Industry News Butler Group Turns Night into Day

Thermal imaging technology is the most sophisticated surveillance equipment in the marketplace and the leading provider of thermal imaging in Ireland, is the Maynooth-based Butler Group. Unlike some other distributors, the Butler Group is a supplier of cameras, not systems and they adhere to a strict policy of never competing with their customers. For those who wish to add thermal imaging to their product offering, the Butler Group distributes and supports the widest range of FLIR thermal imaging cameras in Ireland, from the eye in the sky, to the eye on the ground. David Doyle, FLIR expert with the Butler Group, and the only ITC Thermography and Security Qualified Engineer in Ireland, believes: “thermal imaging cameras are rapidly being recognised as the most effective way of protecting premises from intruders. Thermal imaging doesn’t require light, endusers save substantially on the cost of power, as it eliminates the nuisance of lighting large areas and reduces the inconvenience for residents living close to the perimeter”, argues Doyle. “Most traditional security systems use “Infrared” cameras which have infrared

illuminators and cannot see outside the beam. This limitation means thieves can identify blind spots circumventing the system. Thermal cameras however, need no illuminators and instead identify the heat emitting from a body and it is for this reason Thermal Imaging cameras can “see” even in light mist, fog and snow. While movement detection in bushes can be very difficult to determine, with thermal imaging you see people easily, even if they are camouflaged!”

Doyle added, “Once a thermal camera locks on to a criminal there is no getting away. They can follow cars or people and guide police officers on the ground to them. From great distance, the camera can lock onto cars or people and see exactly where they are going, day or night.” “We have been approached by many manufacturing plants and vital infrastructure such as airports and

“... with thermal imaging you see people easily, even if they are camouflaged!”

“Due to cost, there was a time when FLIR Thermal Imaging Cameras were only available to the military, but now they are available to businesses and even home users at much more reasonable prices. FLIR is the market leader in these cameras, which have become an essential asset for every police force worldwide and FLIR is the brand we specialise in at the Butler Group”.

ports that are looking for top of the range perimeter security as provided by Thermal Imaging Cameras,” said Doyle. The Butler Group is a well established Irish company that continues to grow at a steady pace. Founded in 1997 to provide test and measurement systems and components to the telecoms and electronic sectors, it has grown to support a number of markets including, pharmaceutical, bio-medical, energy, environmental, security and surveillance, with a strong local and internationally supported range of products and services. The Butler Group currently comprises Butler Technologies and Transtest Equipment Ltd. and Kinesense Ltd. Video Analytics. It supplies, supports and assists integrators with the widest range of Flir Thermal Imaging Cameras.

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Gardaí Launch Farm Security Crime Prevention Booklet.

On 22nd September 2011, Deputy Commissioner Nacie Rice of An Garda Síochána, launched a ‘Farm Security’ Crime Prevention Booklet in Castlefinn, Co.Donegal. This Booklet was produced to assist, in preventing farm related crime and builds on the success of existing good crime prevention practices and positive Garda / Community partnerships throughout the country. It was originally developed in collaboration with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and this Launch coincided with the recent Garda Síochána Supporting Safer Communities Week 20-27th September 2011.

Farm Security is a priority for An Garda Síochána, particularly in the context of curbing increases in the commission of Metal Theft crimes around the country, which have unfortunately included the theft of items, such as farm machinery and farm gates. The Launch was attended by local Garda management, PSNI officers and members of the Donegal Branch of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA). The presence of the PSNI was particularly significant in reflecting the positive ongoing collaboration between An Garda Síochána and the PSNI within the joint ‘Cross Border Policing Strategy’. At the Launch, members of the IFA and An Garda Siochána unveiled a new overt marking / identification system for items of farm machinery, tractors and quads etc. This unique marking initiative is intended to act as both, a crime prevention deterrent, and as a detection measure, enabling Gardaí to more easily trace items back to their owners. Crime Prevention is everybody’s business, and this Farm Security Booklet will support mutually beneficial endeavours in preventing, reducing and detecting Farm related crime.

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Inspector Niall Featherstone Chief Crime Prevention Officer Garda Síochána National Crime Prevention Unit Harcourt Square, Dublin 2.

Merrion Alarms Ltd. have been awarded the Elite Systems Integrator for Honeywell Security Products. Merrion qualified as a Honeywell Elite Systems Integrator, with selected excellence in Customer Support, Technical Knowledge and Systems Expertise. Since 1983, Merrion Alarms Ltd. install and service a broad range of Intruder, Fire, CCTV and Access Control electronic security systems nationwide. With this award, Merrion can provide solutions to any fire or security systems problem. Merrion Alarms Ltd. P: 1800 207 107 www.merrionsecurity.com


Garth Cruishanks of Honeywell presents David Donohue of Merrion Alarms Ltd. with their Elite Systems Integrator Certificate.

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PSA News

by Geraldine Larkin, CEO, Private Security Authority

The Civil Law

(Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2011 New legislation enacted over the summer will strengthen the role of the

PSA by closing off loopholes exploited by industry and giving the PSA more operational flexibility.

The Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2011 was signed into law by the President on the 2nd August 2011. This new legislation provides for amendments across a range of civil and regulatory law including the Private Security Services Act 2004. The amendments relating to the Authority are contained in Part 4 of the Act and together with the 2004 Act will be cited together as the Private Security Services Acts 2004 and 2011. The new legislation is based on our experience over the last 6 years of operations and strengthens the provisions of the 2004 Act in regards to licensing and enforcement as well as introducing some new provisions. Speaking during the Oireachtas debate on the Bill in the Dáil, Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Alan Shatter T.D., said “The effectiveness of the Private Security Authority will be improved by the changes provided for in Part 4 of the Bill. The amendments provide for improvements to the licensing process of the Authority including technical changes to certain aspects of the renewal procedure and the power for the Authority to grant a temporary licence in particular circumstances. The Bill also increases the Authority’s powers to request information about individuals who are involved in the running of a security company. This will augment further the controls on the


management of security companies in addition to tax certification and other compliance measures which are already in place.” Some of the changes are of an administrative nature and will have little, if any, impact on the operations of the security industry. However, there are other changes that many of you will be interested in learning about. I will give a brief description of these below: There are two major changes in the definition of “installer of security equipment” with the definition being extended to cover the installation of access control systems for security purposes which controls or records access by persons or individuals either to a premises or within a premises. This is in recognition of the separateness that the installation of access control systems for security purposes has from the other installations of electronic security equipment while still continuing the intent to license this activity. Another more significant change with immediate impact is the removing of the word ‘remuneration‘ from the definition of installer of security equipment and inserting - in the course of a business, trade or profession” instead. This means that installers of alarm systems who regularly install alarm systems without

charging will be subject to licensing. This will build on the Authority’s existing enforcement resources when dealing with the small amount of disreputable contractors who try to circumvent the legislation by claiming that there was no remuneration involved for an installation. Similarly the definitions of private investigator and security consultant were amended with the replacement of the text “for remuneration” to “in the course of a business, trade or profession” The concept of a supplier of security equipment as a licensable activity has been removed from the legislation as there is no security service being provided at the point of supply. This will not impact on the Authority using its investigative powers seeking information from suppliers. The PSA now has the authority to recruit persons who are not staff of the PSA and appoint them as Inspectors. This will enhance the enforcement capacity and expertise of the Authority by allowing us engage specialists in the area of electronic security and recruiting temporary inspectors for targeted enforcement action. More changes see an extension of the Authority’s powers to obtain information on the beneficial owners of companies and allows for the grounds for refusal

“The PSA now has the authority to recruit persons who are not staff of the PSA and appoint them as Inspectors.”

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of applications to be extended to these beneficial owners. This will again bolster our investigations of a minority of companies. The licence renewal process is also amended and while most of these changes are for administrative purposes, one which will impact on licence holders is the issuing of renewal licences from the expiry date of the previously held licence.


The legislation introduces a new concept of a temporary licence for applicants who need to display competence by providing a security service in order to obtain the standards required for licensing. The temporary licence will replace the exemptions currently issued to installers of intruder alarms and will be extended to all installers of security equipment in due course. The temporary licence will be valid for 6 months with the option to extend by 3 months where there is a delay in obtaining the standards. This temporary licence will be launched later this year, when further details will be available. A technical amendment applying to our enforcement processes facilitates the recoupment of the Authority’s costs in prosecution cases. A further change allows the Authority to charge fees for services other than the licence fee. One area where this could be used would be to charge noncompliant licence holders the costs involved in inspections undertaken for compliance purposes. There are also a number of technical and administrative changes to the workings of the Private Security Appeals Board. These are designed to enhance the operation of the Appeal Board and again are based on the experiences of the Appeal Board since 2004.

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All these amendments will improve the Authority’s capabilities in a number of key areas. For compliant licencees the amendments will ensure the Authority’s processes are as efficient as possible. For non compliant providers, our enforcement processes have been strengthened and our inspection capacity increased. Our aim is to continue to put unscrupulous operators out of business while improving the service to compliant licence holders.

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EQA Launch On-Line Certificates for Alarm Installers EQA (Ireland) are very pleased to announce the launch of our on-line certificates of conformance for certified Intruder Alarm Installation Companies. This is an exciting development for EQA which significantly reduces the need for paperwork. A certificate of conformance is required for every alarm installed by a licensed Intruder Alarm Installer. Copies of this certificate are required by the customer, the monitoring station (to apply for a unique reference number from An Gardai), the insurance company, the alarm installer (for their records) and the certification body (EQA or other PSA approved certification body). Up to now, certificates have been sold in books of 20 with each certificate having 4 carbon copies (total 5 copies). This system has worked well, however, the installation company needs to lean hard to ensure the print is transferred to all 4 copies, the certification body needs to contact clients regularly to ensure they keep up to date with the activities of the installers and the customers need to keep copies for the insurance companies.

EQA teamed up with MSC (Management Systems Certification Ltd.) and ITB (Institute of Technology Blanchardstown) to develop the software for the on-line certificates. The end result is a deceptively simple to use system. Installers log on to the secure website and create the certificates using an easy to follow menu system. Installers can login at any time to review certificates issued or to issue new certificates (rather than purchase books of certificates, In summary, the electronic installers purchase credits for issue of on-line certificates). By cooperating with certificates reduces MSC (another PSA approved certification paperwork, reduces cost, body), we were able to share knowledge and increases legibility and experience to ensure that a robust solution would be achieved. provides for an easy to access

permanent record of alarms installed for both the installer and the certification body.

With the introduction of electronic certificates, there is no need to send copies to the certification body and it is possible to print off multiple copies of the completed certificate (or e-mail the certificate in PDF format to the client and monitoring station). It is also possible to provide extra copies if the customer mislays the initial copy.

As part of the testing procedure, EQA made a demonstration version of the website available to all registered clients, this provided valuable feedback in advance of launching the live site. EQA (together with MSC) met with the NMCF (National Monitoring Centres Forum) to confirm that the electronic security certificates would be acceptable to the monitoring stations, we are pleased to report that the feedback was very positive and encouraging. In summary, the electronic certificates reduces paperwork, reduces cost, increases legibility and provides for an easy to access permanent record of alarms installed for both the installer and the certification body. EQA (Ireland) is a wholly Irish owned company which has been in operation since 1995. EQA entered the Intruder Alarm Certification market in 2006 and have since built up a sizeable market share by offering a value for money certification service with a focus on flexibility, innovation and customer satisfaction. Any alarm installer wishing to try out the online certification system for themselves can e-mail us (alarmcertdemo@eqa.ie) to request a username and password to our demonstration site.


EQA are planning to launch a CCTV Installer certification scheme in the near future. We are looking for additional applicants with skills in the Alarm and CCTV sectors to act as inspectors in the Munster area. Please contact us at info@eqa.ie if you are interested in this role. 19/09/2011












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Close Protection Course Creates Employee & Industry Opportunities Pulse Security Management, through its academy, formally launched its certified Close Protection Operative Training Programme in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

Michael McQuillan, MD, Pulse Security and Minister Brian Hayes, TD.

Sarah O’Donnell (ISIA), Michael McQuillan, MD, Pulse Security and Geraldine Larkin (PSA)

Delegates attending the launch.

Close Protection, otherwise known by some as body guarding, is a part of the private security industry that remains unregulated in Ireland. Launching this course is as a first step towards creating an industry with high standards and a step towards setting a measure of best practice in advance of regulation being introduced. Ms. Geraldine Larkin, CEO of the PSA, the regulator for the industry, commended Pulse Security and stated that, “This initiative will ensure we hit the ground running when we come to regulation”.

guarding, however it is very difficult to assess if those being employed are truly qualified to do the work as there is no regulation. Close Protection has its own unique challenges and requirements and therefore the industry needs training that is relevant and appropriate to the type of work being undertaken.

ever increasing list of blue chip clients the company regularly provide services to, the company currently employs 220 staff across all areas of its operation.

Pulse Security as members of the Irish Security Industry Association, have shown initiative on behalf of their entire industry with this introduction of this course. Ms. Sarah O’Donnell, ISIA, congratulated Pulse Security on this initiative and stated “The ISIA is thrilled that Pulse as members are progressing their business in this same tradition of the ISIA, by driving standards, while also creating opportunity in Irish business”.

This course presents individuals with an opportunity to be trained to the highest level available in Ireland and opens up employment opportunities for those individuals. Those who pursue this qualification which includes the close protection medic will receive a City & Guilds internationally recognised certificate in close protection. COURSE ALPHA commenced in October and the second course will commence in April 2012 and will be a 2 week residential course.

It is estimated that there are a significant number of individuals currently employed in the area of close protection or body


Minister Brian Hayes T.D. stated at the launch that having a recognised qualification in the field of close protection creates opportunities for Irish security businesses by allowing their services to be recognised and trusted nationally and globally by private individuals, organisations and governments who require close protection.

Pulse Security Management is widely regarded as leaders in the close protection profession in Ireland, testament to this is an

The company MD Michael McQuillan stated at the launch that the Irish security industry is highly regarded on the international scene, in particular the skills of operatives are accepted as natural skills in diplomacy and communications, however formal recognition of this is currently absent from this jurisdiction, he further stated that formal regulation of the close protection profession would ensure Irish security firms can compete for international business, the ever changing political and economic landscapes have presented opportunities for Irish Security Firms operating abroad. The launch was attended by Minister Brian Hayes T.D., Ms. Sarah O’Donnell (ISIA) and Ms. Geraldine Larkin (PSA), Mr. Michael Goeden (City & Guilds) all of whom commended Pulse on taking the first step towards improving the standard and practice of individuals working in the field of close protection.

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Ireland’s leading security solutions business, G4S Secure Solutions Ireland (G4S), has further strengthened its position in the Irish security sector by acquiring certain assets of one of Ireland’s top monitoring businesses, Alarm Monitoring Services Ltd. (AMS) also trading as “i-watch”. The acquisition will allow G4S to continue to develop its business across the Irish CCTV, patrol and response and keyholding sectors and meet the growing demand for security among Irish businesses

and organisations. The acquisition allows G4S Secure Solutions expand its business and offer a stronger, more effective and comprehensive security service to some 40,000 businesses, organisations and enterprises across Ireland. AMS, which is owned by its founder Tim O’Shea, has 30 employees based at its monitoring centre in Citywest, Dublin from where it manages around 15,000 end users. As a result of the acquisition G4S Ireland’s alarm response unit based

in Killester, Dublin will move to the AMS premises in Citywest, where a state of the art alarm monitoring centre will be expanded in 2012. Niall Feely, Managing Director, G4S Secure Solutions (Ireland) commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Tim and the AMS team to G4S. This is a very important acquisition for us which allows us to expand our business and offer a stronger, more effective and comprehensive security service to some 40,000 businesses, organisations and enterprises across Ireland. Security issues are a growing source of worry to Irish businesses and it is important for us, as the industry leader, to continue to expand our business and bring greater security and reassurance to our customers”.

Paxton appoints GVD to grow its IP access control business Paxton Access Ltd. has appointed GVD, the leading IP technology value added distributor in Ireland to help grow its IP access control business. Paxton has been working with Milestone, the open platform company, to fully integrate the Paxton software with the Milestone video management software. This integration is now fully tested and available on the market. Kevin Dunne from Paxton says, ”With the partnership between Paxton & Milestone completed it was only natural that we in Paxton would like to work with GVD who are the only Advanced Certified Distributor of Milestone in Ireland. Having developed the Milestone reseller channel in Ireland & the UK over the last number of years, we believe GVD is ideally placed to grow Paxton’s share of the IP access control market”. The software integration of Paxton’s Net2 product with Milestone XProtect® video management software is a true two way integration. The Milestone software is able to see all the alarms and alerts that are received in the Paxton software and associate specific doors with cameras. These can also be organised into groups where user rights access can be assigned to open specific groups of doors and see the corresponding cameras tagged to these doors.


Gordon Smith, Managing Director, says “We are delighted to work with Paxton and are confident that we can help our customers increase their IP business by integrating with the Milestone VMS platform in terms of access control. I’d also like to extend an invitation to all Risk Manager readers to see Paxton and Milestone integration, which in a world exclusive, will be unveiled at NIPX2011, the annual IP Surveillance event on 18th October in Dublin and 20th of October in Cork”. To register for NIPX2011 and for more details on Paxton, Milestone and GVD visit www.gvd.ie



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NIPX2011 Roadshow is back– showcasing best & latest in IP Video Surveillance & Security Technology

GVD | making IP easy is hosting the 4th Annual National IP Video Surveillance/

Security Seminar – NIPX2011 - in Dublin & Cork this 18th & 20th of October. After last year’s successful event, there was a marked increase in the number of businesses visiting the National IP Experience Centre (NIPX) based in GVD’s Head Office in Dublin with many closing deals and winning new security contracts.

As the leading value added distributor of IP Video surveillance and security technology in Ireland, GVD is pleased to bring together a range of innovative technologies and speakers. As always the seminar will be a showcase of the best & latest IP technology to inform, educate and improve the security industry in Ireland. Featuring presentations and live demonstrations from leading manufacturers and service providers from the security industry, confirmed exhibitors include – Milestone, ACTi, IQinVision, Paxton and Western Digital. The seminar is aimed at CCTV installers, security system integrators and security managers from any industry who wish to keep up with the emerging technology of IP Video Surveillance and the many applications that can be integrated with it. The seminar will feature:

• Megapixel IP cameras • IP PoE Access Control • Video Surveillance Management

Software • Servers & HD Storage • Wireless Networking


• Video Analytics & Video Synopsis • Feature Irish Case Studies on Security in Retail/Restaurant/Logistics

• How to grow your business by selling IP security solutions Gordon Smith, Managing Director of GVD: “2011 has seen again year on year growth in the IP video surveillance market in Ireland with over 75% of new installations going IP. NIPX2011 is a big part of our continued commitment & promotion of IP technologies to the security industry in Ireland. We set up our state of the art National IP Experience Centre last year and we’re happy to report that we have helped numerous security companies to make the transition to IP as seamless as possible. This coinciding with our IP training programme has seen many CCTV installers increase their business. As well as the new products, the seminars will cover real life practical Irish case studies of IP security in action. And as always we are bringing the latest and best IP technologies to

the Irish security market. We’re particularly delighted to be bringing Paxton access control – they have recently completed a full integration with Milestone the open platform Video Management software company and as a distributor of both, GVD is well placed to offer value added integration security solutions to our customers both existing and new. We’d encourage you to come along and see the infinite possibilities IP presents.”

Free Security Goody Bag for Every Company & Spot Prizes Milestone will be sponsoring free XProtect VMS software for each security company that attends. This can be resold and used on your next camera installation. Milestone is the world leader in IP video management software 7 years in a row. The event will take place on 18th October in the Red Cow Moran Hotel and on 20th October in the Silver Springs Hotel, Tivoli in Cork.

Admission is free and registration is required. Register for your FREE place on ww.gvd.ie

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Serving the Irish Security Industry for over Two Decades

On Monday 12th September 2011, HKC celebrated its 20th birthday. Later that week Minister Richard Bruton formally opened its new head quarters in Dublin. In his speech the Minster praised the Company for its ingenuity in research and development and said “the government were determined to respond to the needs of companies like HKC so that they can continue to grow and create the sustainable jobs on which our future will depend” Good news for all Irish firms striving in the current economic climate. Over the last two decades HKC has moved from manufacturing traditional wired intruder systems to its new SecureWave platform which includes SecureWatch wired technology but also accommodates the now growing trend of wireless intruder systems. As part of its growth strategy HKC commenced exporting to the UK this year, this is the first phase of our export plan but as its Managing Director Gerard Kelly (inset photo) states “we will never lose sight of the importance of the Irish market and the need to ensure Irish installers can have access to quality Irish product”.

Two Way Radio SecureWave was launched in March 2010 with the introduction of the SW 1070 control panel. The panel was designed by HKC’s in house R & D team and is hybrid with a mix of wireless zones (70) and wired zones. The product portfolio includes a range of detection devices for both perimeter and trap protection. In addition the RF SABB (external siren) and RF Echo (internal siren) provide installers with a complete wireless solution. Since it was launched the SW 1070 has become the most popular panel in its range replacing the SW 812 which has been a long standing favourite among Irish installers. The radio in HKC’s product is two way and has proven to be robust and easy to install. Two way radio is extremely important from some key perspectives. Firstly, there is the added security that if a radio message is sent to the control panel by a detector it is acknowledged by the panel and will continue to send a message until an acknowledgment


“Today’s opening is a milestone in providing the infrastructure to support our leading position in intruder alarm technology in Ireland.”

is received. In one way systems no such acknowledgement takes place and therefore there isan increased chance of missed messages from devices. Secondly two way radio allows for much improved battery life.

Specifying for RF systems The unique RF Wand (inset below) has given installers confidence when specifying installations. The wand is a device that measures RF signal strength in a premises prior to install, it can later be used as a maintenance tool. The RF Wand kit comes complete with a plug-in repeater that mimics the control panel. Simply locate this where the panel will be installed and carry out the survey (if there is no power a battery can be used). The Wand incorporates both voice recording & LED function for survey notes and signal strength and has individual buttons that can mimic radio transmissions for each type of device to be installed.

Life Safety Life safety has become an important part of the HKC product offering. In partnership with EI Electronics in Shannon, the Company has added three life safety devices to the SecureWave portfolio. Smoke, Heat and Carbon monoxide detectors have been enhanced to incorporate the SecureWave RF technology and have proven to be very popular devices.

Quantum 70 Earlier this month the much awaited Quantum 70 was launched. The Quantum (see inset above) is designed for the residential market and fills a gap in the HKC product portfolio. The 70 zone wireless panel comes complete with voice integrated keypad, DTV communicator, internal siren and on board DSL filter. The

detection and life safety devices work across both the SW 1070 and Quantum panels so there is no need for installers to carry two ranges of stock – a big advantage in today’s tough economy. Another key advantage is that all HKC devices carry the same battery so there is no need for installers to carry multiple batteries another cash flow advantage. The Quantum was launched in two packs – the Primary Pack 1 includes the Quantum 70 together with two RF Quad motion sensors, a Contact Sensor, Contact/Inertia Sensor, and a RF Keyfob. The Primary Pack 2 includes the contents of Pack 1 plus RF SABB Base. The Quantum also has the capability to take an external wired SABB (Sounder) and one ID zone which can take up to 10 wired detectors. The demand for the Quantum has proved to be spectacular in its first month of launch. When asked why it is so popular, installers have highlighted a number of features such as two way radio, voice, on board DTV & Filter as standard. In addition the fact that with the SW 1070 & Quantum 70 it allows them to deal with many differing installation sites without carrying two ranges of panels & detectors.

Soon to be added (Q4) to the SecureWave range are an RF Keypad, Plug on GSM, and RF Dual Push panic button. The RF Key Pad will be similar to the current keypad in looks. The low cost GSM will plug on to both the SW 1070 and the Quantum 70 and will also be capable of being wired to a remote location. The Dual Push panic button is an RF version of the current wired dual push button. All of the above devices should be available before the end of Q4 2011 and will complete the current build program for SecureWave. A final piece in the equation for this year was the acquisition of Astec in July. HKC plan to integrate the Astec sensor, widely perceived as the best in its class, into its inertia sensor range while the rest of the Astec range will be wound down over the coming months.

Next Phase HKC have no intention of stopping here, a new two year R & D plan is having the final touches phaze. While the plan has not been formally released yet, it will include an EN Grade 3 system and a number of additional devices. It will deliver a new communication platform to meet the growing needs of the installation community including IP. Twenty years on, Gerry Kelly is very pleased with how HKC has grown and matured over the years. At the official opening, he said “Today’s opening is a milestone in providing the infrastructure to support our leading position in intruder alarm technology in Ireland. It will also help to underpin our export growth plans. We are very proud of our dedicated staff and the product we have created for our markets and look forward to continued growth”.


Creating a buzz about security “Social Media is a fundamental shift in the way we Managing Director communicate and do Business” ADSI David Courtney Today in Ireland, 96% of Internet users use Google, 18% of business owner-directors are on LinkedIn, and 1.6 million of the population are ”friends” on Facebook – and those numbers are growing every day. The benefits of social media platforms for business are vast: shared content, lively discussion, new customers, and loyalty deals. Local shops can go global, and multinationals can customize offerings.

customers can see firsthand for themselves how discreet and professional ADSI systems look once completed. An interactive display of CCTV technology will soon be ‘Live’, along with a showcase comparing imaging between analog and IP CCTV cameras.

Social networking is used across the business spectrum, from small local shops to the largest companies in the world. Social media and networking opportunities force business leaders to think differently. Learning and applying the right strategies and techniques for your market makes it possible to interact online with potential and repeat customers, offer businessto-business ideas, network with suppliers, and extend quick and cost effective promotions.

The ADSI monthly e-zine is a powerful platform to inform our existing and potential clients about advances in technology and company achievements. 8,000 subscribers receive monthly ADSI success stories with regards to averting incidents on site, company announcements, and special offers and competitions. Links to actual video footage is included to back up the service offering and to allow our customers to interact with us directly.

Advanced Digital Security Ireland (ADSI) has seen the return on social media marketing efforts. Technological information and content is shared via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & ADSI’s monthly e-zine. Compared to traditional media, it has been an easy route to provide existing and potential customers with the relevant information, and they have responded well, enjoying the freedom to review it at their own convenience. It is a great opportunity to share pictures of products and installations of systems. Potential

For those cautious about privacy, Facebook and Twitter account users often have more peace of mind seeing ADSI’s web presence as a reputable and welcoming company, happy to answer any questions. Privacy statements are outlined on all webpages to confirm ADSI’s commitment to confidentiality and the protection of your business and personal information.


ADSI Managing Director David Courtney is in no doubt to the benefits to his business, “Social Media is a fundamental shift in the way we communicate and do Business, now more than ever we need to maximize the opportunities to bring our Products and Service to the marketplace and social media has provided ADSI with the ideal platform in which to do this”.

LinkedIn is similar to Facebook, however it is targeted toward individuals who own their own business or Managers and Directors

of companies. Through LinkedIn, account holders can make connections and contacts with ease, share previous experience within the industry, and promote service offerings. ADSI has used this business networking site to make hundreds of vital contacts. For example, the company was in a position to enroll in a large tender which may not have been possible without LinkedIn. It is possible to share recommendations and comments on other service providers, current promotions, employment opportunities, groups and associations, discussion threads, events, and conventions. There is an option to show and display recent press releases – such as newspaper articles about ADSI – or related current events in the news, such as local area statistics or crime reports. This makes customers and potential customers aware of what is happening within their community and how ADSI could help. It provides ADSI the opportunity to offer free tips on how to stay safe, and attracts business by recommending upgrades, and regular service and maintenance suggestions. New customers can be attracted by cost effective solutions which are only a click away, and this is key for many consumers who are on the verge of making a switch. Links to all ADSI social media platforms are available from the ‘Media’ section of the website:



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Ireland’s 4th Annual National IP Video Surveillance/Security Seminar

GVD is hosting two seminars in October 2011 – featuring 6 leading speakers within the security industry.

In association with

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Exhibitors at the seminar

Red Cow Moran Hotel Naas Road, Dublin 22 Tuesday 18th October 2011 9.30am-5.00pm


Silver Springs Hotel Tivoli, Cork Thursday 20th October 2011 9.30am-5.00pm

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P Perspective Your guide to IP security trends in Ireland

ur guide to IP security trends in Ireland IP Perspective looks at IP technology trends and the IP industry in Ireland.

Gordon Smith is Managing Director of GVD | making IP easy. Specialist value added distributor of IP technology | www.gvd.ie


IP has reached tipping point for new installations

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In the past year, the market has already tipped to IP cameras in the most relevant and important metric to security installers and end users - new project deployments.

Typically, surveillance systems are used for many years once installed, it can be 5 years before a total replacement is done. The original system installed therefore shapes what is purchased for nearly 5 years. In analyzing trends, it is important to categorise surveillance camera sales into Extension sales i.e. adding to existing systems or replacing old/defunct equipment and New Project sales. Analog typically outsells IP for extension sales due to a lack of understanding of how IP systems can

utilize existing analogue cameras. In these cases, existing analog cameras can be encoded to an IP signal to attain the benefits of an IP system and retain investment in existing cameras. This typically happens in cases where an end user wants to take advantage of Megapixel cameras for some critical surveillance areas but isn’t ready to dispose of all of the existing analog cameras. 75% of all new projects are now going with IP. Once a surveillance technology dominates new project sales, the rest of

McDonald’s is lovin’ IP

McDonald’s recently opened a 24 hour drivethru restaurant in Liffey Valley, Dublin. Noted for their award winning high standards, McDonald’s wanted to put in a future proof system. The critical factors in deciding to go with IP were the clear quality images obtainable with megapixel cameras for both day and night time, ease of use of the Smart Client user interface and the ability to log on to the store remotely via their own Virtual Private Network. Having visited the National IP Experience Centre and seeing a full

working demonstration of the recommended cameras and Milestone XProtect system, the decision was made. The camera solution consists of 1.3MP and 2MP fully PoE internal mini-domes to cover the restaurant eating areas, the counter areas, the tills, the drive thru hatches and kitchens. For outside to monitor the drivethru a combination of 2MP Sentinel full body PoE cameras were mounted on poles and 720p vandal resistant domes were positioned to capture registration plates on exiting the drive-thru lanes. All of the cameras record to a Milestone server, which allows management to retrieve video easily and simply using sequence explorer and export video footage. Megapixel cameras are becoming more popular for use in retail and restaurant

2MP indoor IQInvision mini-dome -wide sharp clear image, recognise face and read signage


Smart client user interface He’s Lovin’ It!

the market is a foregone conclusion. Just like users with analog only DVRs spent years buying more analog cameras, today’s new projects deploying software only VMS systems will focus their extension purchases on IP cameras over the rest of this decade. With Video Management Software open platforms and megapixel cameras becoming more competitive, IP is more cost effective and attractive.

environments as owners realise the quality of images they can get from IP. With an IP network security solution each individual camera can be adjusted for best performance including frame rates, motion detection sensitivity and privacy masking. The security installer can remotely log on to each individual camera and adjust settings, never having to go on site. This eliminates call out charges and reduces annual maintenance costs to the end user. In the images below you can see how crisp the megapixel quality is for indoor and outdoor. See how neat the camera solutions are in situ also. The user interface is extremely powerful and easy to use, another reason why McDonalds Liffey Valley is lovin’ IP.

Better Pub surveillance with Megapixel

Changing light levels in pubs tends to be a challenge not always best coped with by surveillance systems.

More and more pubs are being subject to theft, scamming operations and accusations of breaches of health & safety measures. Against this backdrop, publicans are demanding much better quality video surveillance systems but with an eye on price. Traditional box cameras are becoming less popular as they don’t blend in to surroundings. Dome cameras are the preferred choice for wall & ceiling mounting options. 720p and 1080p Dome cameras cover wide areas giving 1 million to 2.1 million pixels respectively. This allows for sharp detail even when zoomed in, whether during daylight hours or during night time. Using megapixel cameras over tills, gives a sharp image of what notes are transacted, so any shortfalls when cashing up can be isolated using special Transact tools in the Video Management Software. This Transact tool synchronises the video footage with the till receipt, so the POS system is an intelligent video data driven analysis

tool. They can isolate the video footage quickly by searching by transaction type e.g. Laser. This syncs all Laser transactions on the till with the corresponding video footage. This system has helped many a Publican to amicably resolve customer disputes over allegations of incorrect cash back given. The famous traditional music pub in Westport - Matt Molloy’s – recently upgraded its surveillance system to an IP system. The pub has some very low lit areas and the internal day/night dome cameras are delivering superior results than the previous analog system as you can see in the stills below.

1080p Dome camera day time & night time Crisp, clean image

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pub ip security surveillance with discreet dome cameras

We welcome your views and any applications you’ve encountered with IP technology. Email your questions and comments to gordon@gvd.ie Open Invitation to NIPX 2011 – Ireland’s premier IP Security Seminar - Learn more about IP Technology visit us on 18th of October in Dublin & 20th of October in Cork. Register on www.gvd.ie 27

It’s a risky world but brokers can help clients reduce the risk in their business By Michael Brennan of Aviva As insurance brokers risk is your business. And we all know that risk is everywhere – be it on the production area of a light engineering company, the shop floor or even in the office of a professional services firm, risk is all around us. In fact a recent Aviva survey highlighted that across the globe 66% of people think the world in general is more risky than it used to be. In Ireland that figure rises to 75% – the highest among all the countries surveyed. However the key thing to remember about risk is that it is manageable and simple steps in the right direction can make a big impression. In fact when managed appropriately, the effects can be transformational not only on the bottom line but on the triple bottom line of people, profit and planet.

The really good news though – apart from the fact that risk management is hugely cost effective – is that it’s straightforward. For Aviva, the country’s leading business insurer, and our commercial insurance broker partners, risk management is what we do, it’s our job. And, with over 100 years of experience in the Irish market and the financial strength of one of the world’s largest insurance groups, we take our job very seriously. Every year Aviva’s Business Risk Support Team, which includes 16 qualified risk managers and up to 30 engineers, work with companies across the business spectrum to help identify and then manage risk. This focus on risk will ultimately help to improve the claims profile of those businesses and make it a more attractive insurance proposition. Working with the broker and the brokers clients Aviva helps to identify the issues that could make a business unnecessarily risky


and therefore more costly to insure. With extensive experience of dealing with flood, fire and general accidents, our risk managers are trained to firstly identify the hazards and then to support the business in assessing and controlling the risk as well as helping with training and completing a Safety Statement and safety plan. To help brokers help their clients start out on this journey Aviva has prepared a simple and easy-to-understand approach to risk management with some easy steps:

Step 1 Risk Assessments

This involves a simple process of selecting workplace hazards, assessing the risks to employees and others and checking what controls are in place to manage them.

Step 2 Employee Details

Most employers will capture this detail through their employment and HR processes but it is important to ensure that all relevant details including any specialist health needs are captured.

Step 3 Training Details

Keeping safety statements up-to-date and appointing a safety officer are key components of the health and safety legislation and these should be monitored on a regular basis. Keeping track of the training employees have received, such as fire and safety training, and diary future retraining as needed is also important.

Step 4 Creating a Safety Statement

This statement should include additional details such as the firstaid officer, supervisor details and safety officer. This can be printed locally so the most current safety statement is available at all times. Risks are present in all work activities and can never be totally avoided. However a simple process of identifying the main loss potentials to a business and managing the risks can be a very effective method of controlling exposures. Once you know what you are dealing with it is a lot easier to address the issues. If risks within a business remain unchecked and uncontrolled, you can expect losses, injuries and damage accidents to occur – resulting in claims and inevitably higher insurance costs. In contrast, businesses working with their broker and insurance partner can in a few simple steps reduce and in some cases prevent the occurrence of risk. To find out more how Aviva can assist you in managing your client’s risk and the range of commercial insurance packages available, please contact your Aviva Business Development Manager.

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New MIFARE DESFire EV1 Readers from ACT

Access Control Technology (ACT) Ltd. has enhanced the MIFARE product range with the launch of the ACTpro DESFire EV1 readers. DESFire EV1 offers a highly secure smart reader and card technology utilising 128bit AES encryption. The ACT MIFARE DESFire EV1 readers and cards are ideal for sites where security of the card is important. It is also ideal where a single smart card for multiple applications is required e.g. access control, identification, cashless vending and PC logical access. • integrate into any ACTpro access control solution • proximity or pin and proximity • surface, flush, panel or mullion mount options • operate with DESFire EV1 cards • potted electronics • IP67 rating (indoor / outdoor) • configure for “Clock & Data” or “Wiegand” output. DESFire EV1 fully complies with the requirements for fast and highly secure data transmission, flexible memory organisation and interoperability with existing infrastructure. www.accesscontrol.ie

Samsung SRD series DVRs and SVS Hard Disk Expansion Units upgraded to take 2TB Hard Disk Drives

For models featuring built-in DVD drives this allows up to 8TB of onboard storage and up to a massive 10TB for models without built-in DVD drives.On medium to large size CCTV projects where there are a large number of cameras to be installed, the new potential storage capacity of each of model, combined with H.264 compression, means that far fewer units will have to be purchased than previously.Samsung SVS series hard disk expansion units have also been upgraded to offer up to 8TB storage per unit. When used in conjunction with the range topping SRD-1670 DVR, users can achieve over 31 days real-time recording across 16 channels at full 4-CIF resolution, benefitting from a total of 24TB storage. www.samsungsecurity.com

The ProC-660 box camera

The Pixim Seawolf Day / Night mini dome cameras

New from Osmosis, a new range of mini dome cameras from Genie CCTV. These new cameras are powered by Pixim Seawolf processors and are designed for use in extreme and low lighting conditions. The Pixim Seawolf Day / Night mini dome cameras offer improved facial and object recognition any time of day in areas of extreme light such as doorways where backlighting can cause problems for those viewing CCTV footage. The range also offers high resolution image capture; overall the perfect package. security@osmosis.ie

ADPRO FastTrace 2 Hybrid Network Video and Audio Transmitter/Recorder New from Northwood and Xtralis is the awardwinning ADPRO FastTrace 2 Hybrid, the latest video and audio transmitter/recorder for single and multi sites supporting up to 16 analog and/or IP/megapixel cameras. In addition to H.264 compression, it delivers optimized image quality and efficient bandwidth and hard disc use. When used in conjunction with ADPRO Video Central Platinum, it provides the most flexible multi-site video security system available. www.northwoodtechnology.ie

New to the National Automation range of CCTV is the ProC-660, a 700tvl (Colour 0.06lux / B&W 0.006lux) box camera. Used in conjunction with our range of auto-iris lenses, this camera will generate a high quality image with a list of features to match. This 12v camera also includes a full OSD, motion detection, privacy zones, BLC, HLC, CRR, Shutter speed adjustment, mirror function, ATR, NR, and lightning proof. • 1/3” Sony EX-view HAD II CCD • DSP: Sony Effio-E • Resolution: Colour 700tvl • Min Illumination 0.006lux • Motion Detect, Privacy zones, BLC, HLC, CRR • Electronic Shutter Adjustable, Mirror Function, White Balance, ATR, NR • OSD Menu, Lightning Proof, DC12v www.nal.ie


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The new Sentinel Series with remote back focus controls is an H.264 Main Profile camera is available from GVD in 1.3 MP, 2 MP, 3.6 MP, and 5 megapixel models. As with all IQeye cameras, these all-weather Sentinels are designed with the installer in mind, integrating ceiling and parapet mounting options, rugged aluminium construction, and an IP66 enclosure that allows the camera to be installed quickly and easily. Remote back focus greatly reduces installation time using the One-TouchFocus feature for sharp video, and allows fine focus adjustments from a remote computer eliminating the need for manual focus adjustments at the camera. At less than 7W power consumption, the Sentinel is fully operational using only Power over Ethernet (PoE)— saving the installer and end user even more time and money on cabling and installation. www.gvd.ie

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HKC’s Quantum 70 was launched this month. The Quantum is designed for the residential market. The 70 zone wireless panel comes complete with voice, integrated keypad, DTV communicator, internal siren and on board DSL filter. www.hkc.ie

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Wireless security specialist GSD is proud to announce the launch of its Wirefree Input / Output Module.The GSD Input / Output Module integrates with both the GSD Wirefree Intruder Alarm and Access Control Systems, facilitating installers and system integrators to create triggers to control third part equipment. Some of the outstanding features: • 16 General Purpose Inputs • 16 General Purpose Output: • 8 Relay Outputs • 8 CMOS Outputs • 16 Configurable Software and Hardware Triggers • Programmable Timed Outputs • TCP-IP Interface • Wirefree Interface • Onboard USB • Front and Back Tampers • Will function in Standalone Operation GSD design, develop and manufacture stand-alone and networked wirefree access control solutions along with Grade 2 & 3 wirefree intruder alarm systems. www.globalsecurity.ie

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October 4th 2010 saw Hungary hit by an environmental disaster , highlighting the potential risk of many industrial operations and processes. The Hungarian Aluminium plant in the west of the country burst the banks of its reservoir holding chemical waste – a mixture of water and mining waste containing heavy metals. A 700,000 m3 wave of toxic red sludge poured out; sweeping away cars, damaging bridges and surrounding property and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of local residents.

• More than 7,000 local residents were directly affected by this incident

• A state of emergency in 3 countries, • 10 people were killed • Over 120 people suffered chemical burns • The red mud soaked into the surrounding countryside and affected over 800 Hectares, this will have a lasting and harmful effect on the local terrain

The clean up operation is expected to take at least 18 months and, unofficial


preliminary numbers have been quoted in the range of $25m-$50m.

At a recent seminar, an Environmental specialist indicated that over time the total cost could well approach $150m.

pollution risks and properly responds to Europe’s dynamic environmental legislative landscape. For example general liability insurance generally does not cover

• Gradual pollution • First party costs for pollution clean up on your own site

• Complex damages arising under the new From a commercial insurance perspective, it has been reported that the plant’s general liability policy had a very low limit of cover of just under $50,000 for pollution claims. Evidently in this case it was a catastrophic event, importantly though it highlights the significance of companies assessing the level of pollution risk from their operations and comparing this with what cover and limits have been achieved in their current insurance programme. Lack of coverage under general liability programmes and tightening scope of environmental regulation across the EU has focussed many companies to seek Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) from specialist insurance providers.

Coverage Gaps Many companies are of the opinion that Sudden &Accidental pollution cover on a General Liability policy is adequate. The Hungarian case highlights the potential need for companies to hold a stand alone environmental policy, which properly covers

EU Environmental Liability Directive (ELD).

Gradual Pollution A public liability policy will not generally cover any damages caused as a result of a gradual pollution whether these are civil liabilities or the new damages as defined by the Directive. Much pollution is gradual, not caused by single sudden event. This would include pollution caused by a range of events such as leaks and regular fumes, not just by fire or explosion. Gradual pollution has the potential to go unnoticed for large periods of time causing extensive environmental damage.

First Party costs for pollution clean up on your own site Standard General Liability policies in general only cover limited clean up costs for 3rd party’s, this leaves a huge gap in cover for the potential costs involved in repairing your own property as a result of a pollution

event. The case study outlined further in this article explores the potential costs of a spill on your own site.

The Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) The ELD was transposed into Irish legislation under The European Communities (Environmental Liability) Regulations 2008 (the Regulations). The ELD has introduced a ‘polluter pays’ regime with new types of damages and liability. In Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been named the designated Enforcing Authority to act who is obligated to act wherever significant harm – or threat of harm – to the environment is occurring. Irish companies may therefore see an increased frequency of enforcement, and clean-up notifications. The ELD also introduces a new remediation concept for damage to biodiversity. In a country with such a unique and diverse natural flora and fauna such as Ireland this could have serious implications.

• The Directive introduces liability for

compensating for damage to protected species and habitats. For example, under the Regulations, if an operator of an industrial facility damages a protected habitat, then it may have to compensate for this loss of environment by providing and preparing an alternative site somewhere else. These are new concepts to businesses and the Regulations are causing uncertainty in the Irish insurance market..

A Standard Public Liability Policy is insufficient when it comes to Environmental Liability The result of these gaps is the development of EIL as a separate class of cover - allowing complex risks of a pollution incident to be assessed, properly underwritten - and proactively covered by specialised policy wording. Expanding legislation and therefore client’s increasing liability continue to be the main drivers of the environmental insurance market.

Chartis Solutions Chartis in Ireland has developed products which specifically compliment the liabilities from the ELD and provide broad coverage solutions for a range of industries. Chartis EIL products can help remove the uncertainty operations face about their ability to cover financial losses created by an incident classified under the ELD. Chartis EIL

products cover liabilities for damage to water, land, protected species and natural habitats, including primary, complementary and compensatory remediation, even covering change in environmental law.

Compulsory Financial Assurance for the Directive has already being enforced in Portugal (2010), with Spain, Greece, Bulgaria and Slovakia set to follow in the coming year. Compulsory financial assurance has primarily been addressed by environmental insurance products, how long will it be before it becomes compulsory in Ireland? Chartis Environmental Impairment Liability products can cover: Both sudden & accidental, and gradual pollution legal liability including third party liabilities,

Potential Pollutants Contractors

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Chartis in Ireland has local underwriters, policy wordings, claims handlers and expertise. We can provide cover for many different industry types whom could potentially have environmental exposures, any manufacturer, contractor or even small scale industries like restaurants where there is potential to damage the environment. Chartis products can also be used in conjunction with risk finance techniques.

Companies which could potentially have exposures include:

• Manufacturing and Industrial facilities • Bulk storage and warehouses facilities • Waste treatment and disposal facilities • Commercial sites, including hospitals,

shopping centres, laboratories, hotels, and housing developments.

• National or multinational companies • Construction Contractors

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Environmental Risk management and Insurance products Case Study The below scenario is sourced from the EPA’s consultation document on the Irish Regulations(1) .The scenario effectively outlines the potential cost implications introduced by the Directive. The primary intention of the Directive is pollution prevention. Proactive risk management as well as the correct financial tools are necessary for companies to address their environmental liabilities. The costs incurred by the operator in this situation are not generally covered by general insurance polices. This highlights the need for companies to invest in purchasing environmental impairment liability coverage to address the potential environmental exposures. Scenario ‘ABC Healthcare’ (the ‘operator’) is a large pharmaceutical manufacturing facility with significant solvent and chemical usage and storage on site in a designated tank farm. The company operates under an IPPC licence from the EPA. The facility is situated above a locally important fractured bedrock aquifer with moderate groundwater vulnerability (6 metres of clayey subsoil) that is used as a local water supply for a small town in Ireland. During a routine refilling of toluene from a road tanker to the tank farm via an underground pipeline, level meters on the tanks indicated that 3,000 litres of toluene were unaccounted for and have possibly leaked to the ground from a rupture in the underground pipeline. In this case, while the ground was contaminated shortly after the incident, the aquifer has not yet been contaminated. However, if the ground contamination is not addressed, contamination of the aquifer is likely to occur causing a significant risk to human health (toluene is toxic in that it is known to pose a risk to unborn children). In this case there is an imminent threat of damage.

imminent threat. The facility operates under an environmental management system, which includes provision for an emergency response procedure, and a range of planned immediate actions are undertaken to limit and contain the contamination. The supplier immediately shuts down the filling operation and evacuates all solvent from the pipeline. The pipeline is tagged off and isolated to prevent further use. A specialist contractor is brought to the site to immediately start excavating the area around the underground pipe. The operator commences excavation of the contaminated soil which is quarantined for future treatment. The EPA is immediately notified by the operator’s environmental manager with details of the nature of the incident and the measures taken up to that point to contain the contamination. The EPA issues a direction instructing the operator to quantify the extent of toluene that has entered the ground, continue the excavation of the contaminated soil and assess the potential for contamination of the aquifer. The local authority and the company’s insurers are also notified by the operator.

Damage Description Threat of damage can be linked directly to the operator (ABC Healthcare) by means of the solvent plume. Toluene entered the ground and sufficiently likely to enter the aquifer if not addressed, creating the ‘imminent threat’. If toluene enters the aquifer, then there is a clear risk to human health based on the toxicological properties of the contaminant, legally requiring ABC Healthcare to clean up the spill.

Remediation The EPA issued a direction to the operator to identify and implement the necessary preventive measures to address the imminent threat of damage within 2 weeks of the incident. The operator engaged consultants to assess the options for remediation and submitted a report detailing the preferred option to the EPA. The operator issued a proposed remediation strategy that built on the immediate action undertaken and included a monitoring protocol. The operator proposed to excavate fully the soil where the spill occurred within 2 weeks of the date of the incident. In addition, the company proposed installing groundwater monitoring and abstraction wells in the spill zone and immediately down gradient to monitor the impact on the aquifer and prevent the toluene from entering the groundwater.

Immediate Action In line with obligations under the Regulations the operator takes the necessary preventive measures to reduce the

Costs The total costs incurred by ABC Healthcare include costs for downtime, consultant’s fees (reporting and assessment),

Policy Trigger Need for clean up of pollution conditions on site to stop imminent threat of further damage onsite &off site. This operator falls into the strict liability regime as defined by the Directive (IPPC licence operation listed in Schedule 3).


contractor fees (soil excavation) and waste treatment fees (contaminated soil). In addition, the EPA costs incurred during the investigation including administration time, consultant’s fees, etc. must be met. The total cost incurred by the company for the investigation and remediation strategy would be estimated to amount to €300,000. The costs could have amounted to over €3 million if the threat had not been prevented and resulted in the contamination of the public water supply making is unfit for human consumption. These costs would have included provision of a temporary alternative water supply, a permanent alternative water supply, remediation of the groundwater and soil, EPA costs, public relations, etc.

The extent of the incident was limited through effective and immediate actions. Proactive risk management limited the duration of the incident, the costs and minimised the risks. These preventative costs, and onsite remediation costs are not generally covered by general insurances policies. An environmental impairment product covers the damages outlined below, covering the companies ability to effectively remediate current damage and prevent further damages and costs to the company. In conclusion, a company must now assess their environmental liabilities in a new light and ensure that the correct financial provisions are in place.

Environmental Liability Regulations– Guidance document , 2010 , The Environmental Protection Agency Chartis Insurance Ireland Ltd. is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland


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Building Emergency Safety System (BESS) registration scheme I.S. 3217 – Emergency Lighting A new standard for Emergency Lighting – I.S.3217:2008 – has been developed in conjunction with an industry steering group. Among the participants in this steering group are the Chief Fire Officers Association, Engineers Ireland, Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland, Association of Electrical Contractors of Ireland, NSAI, ETCI, EMDA, ECSSA and RECI. We launched a voluntary pilot BESS registration scheme in February 2011 whereby those commissioning or periodically inspecting emergency lighting installations could purchase specific emergency lighting certificates. These requirements are additional to the electrical installation safety requirements of the wiring rules. The scheme will operate on a self funding basis. During the pilot scheme, electrical contractors already registered with RECI can avail of the new certificates with no additional subscription. Certificates are sold in books of 5, costing €62.00 inclusive of VAT and P & P. An accredited training course is available and will be part of a future permanent scheme. Phase 1 of the scheme will run for a trial period of six months, from 1 February 2011 until 31 July 2011. During the pilot scheme, non-registered contractors can use the BESS certificates

by registering on a temporary Emergency Lighting register for a fee of €175. Phase 2 will commence at the beginning of August subject to a satisfactory review of the pilot scheme. At this stage those who meet the criteria can register to retain access to the certificates. The register will be hosted on the ETCI website. From a contractor’s perspective being on the register proves that you have demonstrated competency with regard to I.S. 3217 – Emergency Lighting, your work is subject to inspection, there is a complaints mechanism and the certificate number gives full traceability. In addition, from an employer’s perspective, by engaging a contractor who is on the BESS register, they are engaging “competent persons” thus demonstrating compliance with The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.

who were not on the Provisional Register. These members felt aggrieved that they were excluded from the Provisional Register because they did not purchase the certificates during the 6 month pilot scheme. We have been in contact with the BESS Steering Committee and the other Approved Body and agreed an amendment to clause (Provisional Membership) in the rules. The effect of this is that all RECI members will have access to controlled certificates up to 31st December 2011 via Provisional Membership of the Register. Provisional Membership of the Register will cease at the year end and those who have not obtained a FETAC Level 6 Award in Emergency Lighting will be removed from the register and no longer have access to certificates.

For further information on the BESS scheme go to the RECI web site www.reci.ie

Following the implementation of the scheme on 1st August 2011 we have been inundated with requests for controlled certificates from members

Kevin Kelly

Our Chief Inspector, Kevin Kelly, retired earlier this year. Kevin joined RECI in 2002 having previously worked for ESB International, Techna Switchgear Ltd., FAS and Brown – Boveri Ltd. Kevin carried out his functions within RECI in a most professional and courteous manner and was always available to provide technical advice to contractors. We shall be keeping an eye on the golf results at Slade Valley now that he has a bit more time to play. We wish Kevin a happy retirement with his wife Barbara and family. Cormac Madden (Chairman) and Kevin Kelly at Kevin’s retirement presentation.

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Health and safety competency linked with business survival at national conference

Employers across Ireland were warned not to “gamble” with the health and safety of their workforces during uncertain economic times. Finding the right, competent people to do the job of protecting people from injury and ill-health at work was not an “optional extra”, said the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health Ireland Branch (IOSH) at its conference in Kilkenny. In fact, good health and safety can be used as a means of business survival in the difficult recovery from recession, the Branch said. IOSH Ireland Branch chair Declan Gibney, who opened the conference, said: “As budgets shrink amidst difficult economic times here in Ireland, businesses can sometimes feel that health and safety is not only an optional extra, but that it involves gambling on whether the person they employ will be able to protect their workforce from injury and ill-health at work”.

“We want to demystify competency, helping practitioners and businesses to stay abreast of what good, practical, proportionate advice looks like. IOSH builds high standards of health and safety into its very fabric, and this is what


we’re trying to do across workplaces in Ireland”. During the day, Health and Safety Authority (HSA) assistant chief executive Mary Dorgan addressed delegates with a talk on how the organisation is trying to equip employers with the knowledge of who is best to safeguard staff health and safety. She said that those who take health and safety seriously will benefit Mary Dorgan, HSA Assistant Chief Exec from profits, growth and utive. survival. Ms. Dorgan added: “The message we get is that employers are confused, but our inspectors want to help companies to assess competency, via training, knowledge and experience”. She also spoke about the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants’ Register (OSHCR), launched in the UK in the wake of the Governmentcommissioned review of health and safety. The register is designed to give businesses a platform from which to pick the right consultant for them, while approving those practitioners who are on its books. “We have not considered a register here in Ireland as a role for the HSA, although the climate is in some cases similar over here (to the UK). Our approach will focus more on providing employers with the tools and assistance to assess providers”, she added.

In her talk, Ms. Dorgan praised professional bodies for improving workplace health and safety across Ireland, highlighting IOSH’s role in setting and benchmarking standards and influencing businesses. Earlier in the day, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ (RoSPA) occupational safety adviser, Roger Bibbings, placed practitioners’ competence in the context of recent political developments, highlighting the UK’s Government-led review of health and safety. “Health and safety isn’t about stopping people growing businesses or having fun, getting in the way, or creating anxiety, or stopping fire fighters from rescuing people from burning buildings. It’s about empowering and enabling and it allows people to lead lives more successfully than we already do”, Mr. Bibbings said. Amongst other speakers was Dr. Noel Richardson, director of the Centre for Men’s Health at the Institute of Technology, Carlow, revealing results from the first EU report on men’s health, which was launched in June.

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Workplace Noise Control and Assessment: Dermot Moloney MSc, BSc, MIOA, MIEnvSc, MInstSCE, CSci. Safety practitioners often refer to the unmistakable adage: ‘prevention is better than cure’ and avoiding noise ‘at source’ is the obvious and preferred option. Directive 89/391/EEC (the Framework Directive) provides a well-defined hierarchy for implementing preventative measures, with risk avoidance assuming top priority. An example of a hierarchical control system for construction noise is presented in Appendix I and is based upon many published systems, as adapted by the author. • the results of the assessment and measurements of noise and an explanation of their significance and the potential risks • the correct use of hearing protectors • why and how to detect and report signs of hearing damage

Notwithstanding the 1989 Directive’s provisions, there is widespread recognition that in many workplaces Hearing Protection Devices (HPD) will continue to be an essential component of the control mechanisms. Risk Assessment and training are also recognised as key requirements and many employers do not fulfil their basic obligations. Training should be addressed in terms of the expertise of the risk assessment and in terms of the training needs of employees. In terms of the latter, it is essential that occupational noise training should always address the following issues: • the  nature of the risks resulting from exposure to noise • the  organisational and technical measures taken to eliminate noise at source and/or reduce it to a minimum • the relevant exposure limit values and exposure action values


• the  circumstances in which health surveillance is made available (audiometric testing) working practices to minimise • safe  exposure to noise It is noteworthy that the forgoing details have not been extracted from an idealised training manual or from a research paper. They have in fact been extracted (almost verbatim) from Regulation 130 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. In essence, the stated issues constitute the absolute minimum content for the training which must be provided to any employee whose daily personal noise exposure equals or exceeds 80 dBA. Many employers, safety officers and consultants may have difficulties in addressing risk assessments for noise

and/or communicating the findings of an assessment. The obligations of an acoustic or health and safety consultant in this regard need to be addressed under the concept of ‘a competent person’, as prescribed by the 2005 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act. In essence, the competent person is defined in terms of the suitability of their training, experience and knowledge, so as to provide informed and appropriate advice. The complexity of the environment or workplace and/or the selection of appropriate noise controls may in some instances have a major bearing on the question of competency. All employers have a duty under health and safety law to reduce the risk of hearing damage to their employees by controlling exposure to noise. In many instances, it may be essential that a competent risk assessment is undertaken. In practice, much of the noise assessment and survey work which is routinely undertaken falls far short of the required standard. In fact,

Appendix 1-Hierarchy of Control for Construction Site Noise: many ‘assessments’ are clearly inadequate and have been undertaken using suspect equipment and/or methodology. In addition, often the person who undertakes the assessment may have little or no acoustical training or expertise.

1st Priority

Employers must undertake a suitable and appropriate assessment of the risk arising from noise exposure. This is generally done by means of a detailed noise assessment which is undertaken by a qualified and experienced assessor. The primary purpose of the risk assessment is to quantify the exposure levels and clarify what needs to be done to protect the health and safety of employees who are exposed to noise. Noise measurements may not always be required, however, whenever any significant risk exists, it would be difficult to justify not using site-specific measurement data.

2nd Priority

3rd Priority

• Eliminate noise and noisy equipment (e.g., use hydraulic tools in prefereence to noisy compressed air tools) • Reduce Risk at Source (e.g., fit silencers to air inlets and exhausts) • Control Exposure (e.g., use screens, minimise daily use of certain tools)

• Designate Hearing Protection Zones (mark these out clearly and post signs) • Devise Safe Systems of work (explain and enforce these) • Maintain equipment (replace blades, bits and accessories as required) • Training Information and Instruction (make sure everyone understands) • Supervision (ensure systems are working)

• Select appropriate PPE (select PPE for exposure conditions and ensure effective use of ear muffs and ear plugs) • Provide Health Surveillance (regular audiometric testing)

for the work. In some companies, these requirements are sometimes addressed in a Hearing Conservation Programme (refer to HCP graphic). Given that the assessor’s findings will be the foundation on which the company’s

as individuals with responsibility for risk assessment and/or environmental noise management can benefit from training which enables them to interpret and evaluate environmental and workplace assessments. These courses should also enable participants to provide guidance and assistance in risk management as most companies will continue to have residual risk long after the assessment work has been completed. The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) Certificate of Competence in Workplace and Environmental Noise Measurement have been specifically developed to provide participants with the necessary training to ensure that they can competently perform their duties. Refresher courses are also seen as an important element of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Unfortunately some individuals are convinced that an ability to press the correct buttons on a sound level meter entitles them to undertake assessments. With such a cavalier attitude, however, one should be wary of the advice that such individuals provide.

Employers must undertake a suitable and appropriate assessment of the risk arising from noise exposure. This does not mean that every assessment will necessarily require a huge volume of measurement data. Generally a combination of reliable measurement and good interpretation provides the real benefit. Unfortunately some ‘assessments’ consist of a series of noise measurements and provide no interpretation and guidance. The findings of the risk assessment must be adequately reported and an action plan should be developed to identify and document the steps taken to meet the requirements of the law - e.g., what has been already done, what needs to be done, an indicative timetable and clear identification of the individual/s responsible

controls are built, it is important that they are RELIABLE. It is up to the employer to take reasonable steps to satisfy himself or herself that the assessment meets all necessary legal requirements, even if the assessment is carried out by someone outside the company (such as a consultant). Unfortunately many companies learn that their risk assessments are inadequate or their consultants were not ever ‘really’ competent when it is too late, for example, when dealing with a claim for occupational hearing loss. In fact a useful test for a company to apply would be to question whether their assessments or assessor would stand up to scrutiny by an expert in the field (or to a cross examination in a court of law). Like many aspects of safety management, in order to avoid long term problems and pitfalls, it is imperative that noise risk assessment is undertaken by competent persons and some companies will closely examine an assessor’s credentials and keep records of same. Noise assessors as well

The author: Dermot Moloney MSc, BSc, MIOA, MIEnvSc, MInstSCE, CSci (Senior Acoustical Consultant) is a Chartered Scientist. He holds a number of postgraduate qualifications including MSc in Applied Acoustics, Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and he is a Certified Competent Person in Noise & Vibration (British Occupational Hygiene Society). Dermot has held a number of consultancy positions and he is currently the Director of Moloney & Associates, an independent, Cork-based Acoustic & Environmental Consultancy. Details of the workplace and environmental noise assessment training options available through Moloney & Associates, may be had from their website www.env.ie

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New from Northwood Technology & Aiphone the FireFone 5 is a fully compliant five zone emergency voice communications system designed to enable people with disabilities to communicate with fire officers in the event of becoming trapped in an emergency. Simple to install, Simple to Use, Cost Effective Solution. www.northwoodtechnology.ie

Samsung NET-i Ware software

The latest version of Samsung’s Net-i Ware recording software features an increased recording throughput of 250mbps to provide the bandwidth required to record the latest generation of Samsung HD megapixel cameras. Version 1.33 of Net-i Ware makes it possible to achieve a real-time IP network based recording solution that can simultaneously record and playback superb quality images from VGA resolution up to the latest 3 megapixel Full HD Samsung network cameras. In fact, Net-i Ware has the power to process and record up to 64 Samsung 1.3 megapixel HD cameras in real-time across all channels when running on appropriate computer hardware.

Carbon Monoxide detector

The new HKC Carbon Monoxide detector was launched in August. This device works with the SecureWave range of control panels (SW 1070, SW 20140 & Quantum 70). The detector is fitted with HKC’s 2 way wireless technology. Install a RF CO (Carbon Monoxide) in rooms that contain fuel burning appliances. CO detector comes complete with batteries (10 year life) and has independent siren & test button. The device can also be tested from the panel / keypad. www.hkc.ie


The device registration process of the NET-i Ware software allows an operator to almost effortlessly register, modify or delete up to 64 Network devices and configure each one individually for scheduled pre and post event recording. Various compression methods are supported, including H.264, MPEG-4 and MJPEG. Multiple back-up video formats are also supported, as are a number of audio formats. www.samsungsecurity.com

FERCS10 makes remote monitoring easy

New from Gerriko Technology Solutions, is the Finembe FERCS10 IP and GSM based remote monitoring and alarm control system. With FERCS10 it is now possible to remotely monitor IP-based CCTV cameras, track and record readings from temperature and humidity sensors (or any suitable digital sensor), and receive alarm notifications from up to 8 programmable zones for intrusion, fire, flood or from any dry contact detector. A 12V DC output and a separate output terminal are provided, allowing for an external siren to be connected. A back-up battery can be used ensuring continuous power of the system and battery charging is automatically taken care of when operating on mains power. The FERCS10 system can be used from anywhere in the world. The easiest way to use and maintain the FERCS10 system is through a web browser but this can readily be done with text messages from a mobile phone. All alarms and sensor readings are sent to predefined mobile phone numbers and email addresses. FERCS10 can also be used to control external electrical equipment, such as lighting and heating directly or remotely via web-browser or through mobile phone text commands. www.gerriko.ie


PINTRON XM3000 Series DVR from ILUX Europe Ltd. now available in 4 – 8 & 16 Channel Models, and is the Mid range DVR solution from ILUX Europe. For excellent playback, reliability & features, these machines represent a different league and are excellent value for money. The New Smart Phone App even allows time search so you can playback from your Pinetron anytime, anywhere, Believe in better, Believe in Pinetron. www.iluxeurope.ie

Samsung introduce two new HD megapixel network vandal resistant domes with built-in IR LEDse

The SNV-5080R and SNV-7080R are able to deliver high definition images during both daylight hours and in pitch-black darkness, making them suitable for a wide range of applications requiring effective 24-hour surveillance, including car parks, industrial estates, petrol forecourts, schools, hospitals, retail parks, airports and ports.

Avigilon Control Center Mobile

New from Northwood Technology & Avigilon - Avigilon Control Center Mobile (ACC Mobile) enables security professionals to connect to the ACC Network Video Management Software (NVMS) platform over any IP wireless network with Apple devices including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. ACC Mobile enables operators to remotely view live and recorded surveillance video to improve response times to incidents from any location. www.northwoodtechnology.ie

National Automation introduce the ProC-260

National Automation continues the development of their extensive CCTV range with the introduction of the ProC-260. As a low lux, vandal resistant camera (0.005lux), c/w a high quality 600 tvl, DC-Korean lens and full OSD menu, it makes this model ideal for all internal environments. The camera can be ceiling or wall mounted thanks to its 3-axis set up. Additional features include adjustable shutter speed, motion detection, 1/3” Sony Super HAD and a Colour CCD. Available in fixed and varifocal versions. www.nal.ie

The SNV-5080R incorporates a 1.3 megapixel camera with a motorised varifocal lens and, with its 15 built-in IR LEDs, is able to capture up to 1280 x 1024 (4:3 format) and HD 720p (16:9 format) images of objects up to 15 metres even in zero light. The SNV-5080R features Samsung Techwin’s WiseNet1 DSP chipset to deliver a host of advanced functions such as license-free Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA), which includes optical tripwire and enter/exit direction detection, as well as an Appear/Disappear function to detect the movement of objects. IVA also has a scene change tampering function which creates an alert if, for example, paint is sprayed on a camera lens or there is unauthorised movement of a camera away from its usual field of view. www.samsungsecurity.com


New Products Risk Manager

Access your video images any time: The new iPhone App “Dallmeier Mobile Video Center” makes it possible.

The iPhone App “Dallmeier Mobile Video Center” enables the mobile access to Dallmeier systems (DVR, NVR, server, cameras) with an iPhone. You can conveniently access live images as well as the corresponding recordings on the go. Special transcoding prepares the images for ideal display on the iPhone and ensures a high frame rate at the same time.The Dallmeier App has the typical iPhone intuitive operation including multi-touch zoom. Separate settings for 3G and Wifi operation can be made. Particularly interesting: a 3G download counter with adjustable limit allows an efficient cost control at every moment. The Dallmeier iPhone App is available in the iTunes App Store. www.dallmeier.com

Sony announces breakthrough HD PTX cameras

Sony has launched six new Pan-Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras including HD / Full HD cameras from its SNC-EP and SNC-ER Series. The SNC-EP Series is a range of network cameras with 340 degree rotation and excellent cost performance, while the SNC-ER Series network cameras have 360 degree endless rotation and are suited to monitoring applications for widearea surveillance.Another key technology breakthrough with Sony’s new security cameras is in the area of “Real Colour” capturing. Traditionally under the sodium street lamp environment, it is almost impossible to describe the colour of the car if it’s dark blue or grey under the lighting. This will bring an evolutional picture quality improvement for any outdoor applications, such as city surveillance, for which colour identification is crucial to understand the incident. Included in the new range of recently launched security cameras are the SNC-ER550 and SNC-ER580. www.pro.sony.eu

PowerMax Express with built in GSM Communicator 20 Megapixel H.264 Day/Night 180° and 360° Panoramic IP cameras

New from Northwood Technology & Visonics is the PowerMax Express. Express Installation | Express Communication | Express Control PowerMax Express is a wireless home security solution that includes all the reliability and features that homeowners and professional installers require. Packing outstanding functionality into an exceptionally small, wireless control panel, the PowerMax Express provides the ideal combination of functionality and affordability, and gives installers the versatility to offer a home security solution that meets the needs and budgets of the broadest range of customers. www.northwoodtechnology.ie

Arecont Vision have just launched the world’s first 20MP H.264 Day/Night 180° and 360° Panoramic Megapixel Cameras. The AV20185DN and AV20365DN have the Fastest MegaPixel Image Rates on the Market at an incredible 3.5fps @ 20MP and 11fps @ 5MP. Their High Definition resolution is so unparalleled that they can substitute up to Sixty-five Analogue Cameras. Features: • All-in-one H.264 Day/Night SurroundVideo Solution • IP66 and Vandal resistant Dome • Easily adjustable 2-axis camera gimbal with 360° pan and 90° tilt • Binning for increased night time visibility • Dual Encoder H.264/MJPEG • Privacy Mask Vu-Tec PRO DVR (16ch Full D1 recording) • Multi-Streaming National Automation introduces their top of the range VuTec PRO • Forensic Zooming D1 DVR. The Real-time D1 playback performance is rated highly • Reduced Overall System Cost amongst the professional installers. Features include HD 1080P www.videnda.ie display, Loop Out facility, HDMi/VGA output and Dual Stream for

crystal clear pictures over the net on your mobile or computer. The free, professional, CMS allows multiple DVR’s to be controlled from one central location. This DVR can be supplied with a minimum of 16TB (excluding DVDRW). Additional features include: 400fps recording/playback, image quality adjustment and back-up via DVDRW/USB/Network, Call to arrange a demonstration and understand why this is one of the best DVRs in the market place. www.nal.ie


New 4-Megapixel 3.6x Zoom & P-Iris Vandal Proof Dome Camera from ACTi

The KCM-7211 offers a clear image and adjustable viewing angle making this dome camera perfect for nearly any outdoor application, such as entrances, parking lots, bus stops, traffic intersections, school campuses, parks, underpasses, train stations and much more. This camera provides better outdoor video quality thanks to its 4-Megapixel resolution with P-iris support; this bundled with the convenient and labour saving auto-focus technology makes the KCM-7211 a very superior camera. Its key features are 4 Megapixel, 3.6 optical zoom with auto focus, p-iris lens, H.264, MPEG4, MJPEG with dual stream and up to 4 cropped regions as independent channels. www.gvd.ie

National Automation announces the introduction of the highly popular ProCCRR Long Body Licence Plate Recognition Camera.

This competitively priced camera has a high quality 600TVL, 9-22mm Korean DC lense complete with an adjustable white LED lighting reaching distances up to 20 meters. The camera style is also available in standard versions (4-9mm & 9-22mm with IR). This very effective and secure camera comes complete with an excellent cable management bracket and easy to position top bracket mount. Additional features include: OSD, privacy zones, shutter speed adjustment, AGC, BLC, White Balance, IP65, Lightning proof. www.nal.ie

iPOLiS goes MOBILE with new iPhone and Android Apps Samsung has developed an application which enables live video from its iPOLiS network camera range to be remotely viewed on the iPhone and Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. The free iPOLiS MOBILE app, which can be downloaded from iTunes and Android market, allows users to control the pan, tilt and zoom functions of the latest Samsung network cameras on their sites via an easy-to-use interface. Set-up can be completed in less than a minute after which users are able to view streamed video from their selected camera via a wireless or 3G network. All future Samsung iPOLiS network cameras will be compatible with the app. Camera models which currently have the latest firmware and are therefore compatible, include the latest HD megapixel ranges, including full pan/tilt/zoom models.The iPOLiS MOBILE app can also provide for live viewing and PTZ control of analogue cameras via a Samsung SRD series DVR. www.samsungsecurity.com

Legrand Speeds ahead with fast fit Salamandre Trunking

Legrand has launched a new range of Salamandre trunking that independent tests have proven is 50 per cent quicker to install than its predecessor – a statistic that considerably reduces its total installed cost. This has been achieved through the incorporation of an array of innovative patent pending new developments that enhance every aspect of the installation process. These include; a double folded safety edge on the return of the trunkin; an external coupler that is wider and stronger than the current coupler; slotted ends on all lengths that allow the trunking to be slid into place and secured with minimum of effort; multi-head shake proof screws that aid installation flexibility; a rapid fit cover for speed of installation and push-fit, spring loaded / ¼ turn release turnbuckles for fast, secure fitting and easy maintenance www.legrand.ie

Minotaur Server

The recently launched Minotaur Server is a robust, standalone, Network Video Recorder (NVR) for IP Surveillance Solutions. The servers are fully hybrid, and as such can accept any mix of IP Surveillance Cameras and traditional analogue CCTV Cameras across all channels. All systems are built in Citywest Business Campus, Dublin, using only the highest standard, industrial-grade components. They support a wide range of IP and CCTV cameras, are designed for constant heavy usage, and ship with a 3 year guarantee as standard. Advantages • Multi-platform support • Pure and Hybrid versions available • Multi-Level integration with Access control, POS & Retail Analytics, etc. • Server and Workstation grade components • Various storage configurations, 1-30TB and upwards using ISCSI and RAID www.minotaur.ie

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Engineering Industry raising standards Four Irish Engineering companies certified by NSAI

At a recent certification event hosted by NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland), the engineering industry came out on top with four companies awarded with various internationally recognised standards, by John Perry, T.D, Minister of State with responsibility for Small Business. The companies were commended by NSAI and the Minister Perry for their success in pursuing a continuous improvement strategy for their business and the beneficiaries of their services.

Established in 1996, Kiliwex Ltd, a private limited Civil Engineering and Building Contracting was awarded with the international recognised Quality Management System IS 9001. Other recipients of certifications on the day included; Nicolas O‘Dwyer Ltd. Consulting Engineers, who provide water engineering, environmental and civil and structural engineering services, received the certification OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems; T. Bourke & Co. Limited, mechanical engineers formed in 1968 were awarded the standard for Environmental Management, IS 14001 and Varming Consulting Engineers, who received both these certifications in their multiple presentation of ISO 14001, Environmental

Management Systems and OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. Varming were also the first engineering consultancy in Ireland to be accredited to the internationally recognised management standard ISO 9001. Speaking at the award event, held in NSAI’s Dublin office, Minister Perry said, “The question for Irish industry is not what you gain from standards and certification, it’s the business opportunities lost without them. Globally recognised standards such as ISO provides you with instant credibility, they differentiate your products, services and business. They improve efficiency,

“The question for Irish industry is not what you gain from standards and certification, it’s the business opportunities lost without them”

Ann Riordan, Chairperson, NSAI and President of the Institute of Directors; Darragh O’Connell, Managing Director of Kiliwex and John Perry, T.D, Minister of State with responsibility for Small Business


helping you to conserve money, manpower, time, facilities, and natural resources, as well as breaking down trade barriers and opening doors in new markets”. A recent Harvard study of 1,000 Californian companies has shown that ISO 9000 adopters have a greater chance for survival, suffering less “firm deaths” than non-ISO adopters. Organisations that pursued standards had higher growth rates for sales, employment, payroll and average annual earnings. Sales were close to 10% higher and there was higher employment growth at ISO certified workplaces. In years one to three after certification, there was a 6% growth in employment. This rises to 32.5% growth in year’s seven to nine. NSAI have certified more than 120 Irish companies in various ISO management systems last year. Mr. Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI, said, “I urge other engineering companies to look at certification and standards as a means to achieving the best chance of commercial success for their own organisation”.

Ann Riordan, Chairperson, NSAI and President of the Institute of Directors; James Kavanagh, Chief Executive and David Farren, QHSE Manager with John Perry, T.D, Minister of State with responsibility for Small Business.

New Products Risk Manager

New Hard Drives & Storage range from Western Digital.

Good hard drives and solid state drives are fundamental for today’s IP security systems where megapixel cameras require robust archiving and storage solutions. Western Digital’s range of solid state drives offers a 5 year warranty with superior performance. Enterprise class 1TB, 2TB and 3TB drives for internal on board server storage offer fast, reliable and greener hard drives. The WD ShareSpace highspeed Gigabit Ethernet offers centralized storage with up to 8TB of capacity in RAID 5 configuration. www.gvd.ie

An Exploration in Wireless

Pyronix and Castle set the standard with a two-way wireless alarm system which provides the Installer with the easiest system in the world to install, use, maintain – both on site and remotely. The Enforcer is a wireless system which includes a control panel and a variety of wireless devices which all use the Pyronix proprietary two-way wireless technology. A menu which is intuitive and easy to use. It has a clear, full text programming menu which will allow for quick programming, even without a manual.The Instant Two-Way Device Control (ITDC) enables the instant wake up and instant sleep of each wireless device on the system allowing continuous polling between control panel and wireless devices whilst preserving battery power. Signal Strength Indicator (SSI) provides the installer (even before mounting) the ability to immediately recognise whether the chosen location is suitable. www.pyronix.com

Industry News Risk Manager

GSD Access Control Installer Training

Wireless security specialist GSD is pleased to announce its Monthly installer training courses on its standalone and networked security products, on the last Friday of every Month. The purpose of this course is to enable installers to gain the underpinning knowledge and practical skills required to design, install and commission Access Control Systems. The course is focused upon giving installers the confidence and ability to design an appropriate system, install the correct components, upgrade existing systems, and finally conduct a thorough survey of Access Control Systems. GSD Installer training is a one day hands on course focusing on standalone and network access control, both wired and

wireless, with a one hour overview on GSD’s wirefree intruder products. The training day concludes with an open book examination, successful installers will receive certification to install and commission GSD access control systems.

Head Office: Global Security Devices ltd., No 1 Turnpike Business Park, Ballymount, Dublin 22 Tel: +353 (1) 5242691 email: info@globalsecurity.ie

GSD’s Intruder Alarm Installer Training will commence in November. GSD design, develop and manufacture stand-alone and networked wirefree access control solutions along with Grade 2 & 3 wirefree intruder alarm systems.


The Information Systems Security Association is an international professional body for information security personnel. ISSA was established in California in 1984 and since then has expanded across the world, now serving over 13,000 members through 125 chapters in 35 countries. As a non-profit organisation ISSA relies on volunteers to manage local chapters which provide educational and networking opportunities for members, supported

The first of these will be an evening seminar in Dublin which we plan to hold later this month. We are currently confirming the speaker for this event and hope to announce a date and further details shortly. Please watch out for further updates our ISSA Ireland Twitter account https://twitter.com/issaireland . The second event is earlier in the planning process and is more unusual: a Security Management Forum, aimed at senior

We wanted to “pre announce” this event early to get your feedback on the overall idea and the details needed to make it a success. by an international headquarters in Portland, Oregon. The Irish chapter of ISSA was formed in 2003 by a group of Irish information security professionals who saw the need for a local support organisation with global connections, allowing the Irish security community to not only share information locally but also access international resources. Following on from the success of the ISSA Ireland conference before the summer we are currently working on several events for later this year.


managers and executives leading in-house information security teams. As some of you may know, ISSA International has run a successful CISO programme in the US for several years which brings together senior security leaders for closed-door education and networking sessions. The idea of our Security Management Forum is to take some of the successful elements from this US programme and adapt them to an Irish event. The Security Management Forum represents a new format for us and will differ from our typical events in several ways. Firstly, attendance will be limited to senior security managers or executives working in in-house roles. This is a significant change but mirrors the approach taken in the successful US format where it has been a key factor in allowing open discussion of potentially sensitive topics. The second key difference will

be in format and again we are taking the lead in this area from the US CISO Forum, where the events consist of an evening networking reception with a keynote speaker followed by a day-long programme covering a range of security topics. A key element of this format is a significant amount of time set aside for networking and open discussion of current issues, letting security managers and executives come to the event with challenges and leave with the input and advice of their peers. We wanted to “pre announce” this event early to get your feedback on the overall idea and the details needed to make it a success. For example, would this type of event be relevant to you or your organisation? Do you have particular topics you would like covered or suggestions for speakers? Would you or others in your organisation be interested in speaking or leading a discussion in this type of forum? We would love your feedback, either as a reply to myself or directly to any of our chapter board members: myself, Colm Deehan, Mike Harris, Mark McDonagh, Owen O’Connor or John Sheppard. Board members can be contacted via email using the format “firstname.lastname@issaireland.org”.

Paul Rochford Vice President, ISSA Ireland paul.rochford@issaireland.org www.issaireland.org

What is


Matia Grossi, principal analyst at MGDP Consulting, looks at current buzz term Video Surveillance as a Service, explaining what it is, and examining the opportunities and challenges for the security industry. By Matia Grossi VSaaS (video surveillance as a service) is the technology behind managed video. We can draw a parallel from the traditional IT world in which SaaS (software as a service) is the technology behind managed services. VSaaS and SaaS in general provide the ability to use the providers’ applications, running on a cloud infrastructure, accessible from various client devices. The end-user does not manage or control even individual application capabilities. VSaaS servers can be found both in traditional or ad-hoc data centres.

What are the opportunities for the security industry? Hosting and managed services are offered to end-users based on the VSaaS/SaaS model. This business model allows end users to record and view of video surveillance images, access control records and so on from theoretically anywhere via both data centres or direct live-streaming. These images can then be passed to, or are coming from, security companies or alarm receiving centres. A major driver at the moment is the possibility of replacing or integrating manned guards by using a remotely monitored system. Some of the most common examples are solutions based around virtual guard tours and visitor management.

If we look at the market potential in 2010 there were only a few hundred thousand cameras remotely managed and/or hosted worldwide, out of the tens of millions of cameras in operation. There is a massive variation in terms of service costs, with some services starting at €10 and others reaching a few hundreds Euros per month.

cross international boundaries and be affected by differing privacy legislation. There are obviously technical solutions around this, but these tend to complicate a sale which is already not easy. In some vertical markets, such as critical infrastructure, as well as these privacy laws there are other pieces of legislation and regulations that play a key role in limiting

If we look at the market potential in 2010 there were only a few hundred thousand cameras remotely managed and/or hosted worldwide, out of the tens of millions of cameras in operation. The overall market potential for this is limited, however, with average annual growth potential in the next 3-5 years barely entering the double digits.

What are the barriers and challenges to adoption? There are a number of challenges to a stronger uptake in this market. Bandwidth and storage costs are often the major restraints, especially once there are more than a few cameras per site, or there is an increased number of cameras that need continuous recording. Privacy legislation is also a major issue, especially when considering that for a “traditional” cloud service there are implications on not being able to know where the image is stored and who is ultimately responsible for it. This could

the type of services that can be outsourced and also what data can be sent outside the organization.

In conclusion At least for the foreseeable future, a mass uptake of the market is destined to be limited to geographically dispersed operations, with a limited number of cameras in which a VSaaS based solution can replace expensive remote patrols, static guards/key-holders, and so on. Obviously a stronger uptake of VSaaS would be a lot “easier” if the market was based on open-platforms and software/ applications instead of being productcentric.


AIRM Annual Site Visit Risk Manager

By Stephen Heffernan, Secretary AIRM

AIRM as an Organisation are constantly seeking information for our members about areas of risk which do not always fall into the “norm�. We also take a field trip each year to a location where our members get to see first hand an unusual or interesting site which can present many of the risks our members deal in and where possible all in one location. This year was no exception and 19 of our members had an opportunity to visit Wheatfield Prison in Clondalkin and get a full tour of the facility. Having worked in this Institution for 12 years before my retirement, I was able to arrange the visit. We are happy to say 19 went in and 19 came out, they did not keep anyone! We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Prison authorities, all the staff and in particular Governor John Farrell and Chief Officer Edwards for their hospitality and courtesy on this most informative trip. Wheatfield Prison was built in 1998 to house 320 inmates and today the complex houses 700 after an extensive building and expansion programme. The prison houses all categorises of inmates serving sentences from a month right up to life. There are approximately 30 committals to the Prison everyday and these might come form the courts or transfers from other Prisons. This in itself poses several risk and the largest one being that of an escape during transportation. Risks such as this and the management of same we were not privy to for operational reasons, however we were given some small insight into the problems associated with receiving committals. These ranged from gang affiliations, medical assessments and emotional and psychological issues which could arise particularly with new inmates. The Prison Health Care team includes full time doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, optician, dentists and fully qualified nurses, other healthcare professionals are brought in if necessary and inmates also attend clinics in the various public hospitals when necessary. There is a large emphasis on work and training for the inmates. This includes


an education unit with fully qualified teaching staff which caters for courses right up to and including 3rd level degree programmes and Open University. The work programmes for the inmates include construction, joinery, welding, horticulture & cookery. The prison has a fully equipped laundry to cater for all it’s laundry needs. The job of co-ordinating and managing all

The Prison systems and procedures are constantly undergoing risk assessments both in the workshop areas and the security operations. of this is the function of almost 400 staff from the different disciplines operating in the prison ranging from security, education and healthcare. For a complex this size there is also a large maintenance programme to manage and this is done by a number of specialist Prison staff and complimented then by contracted staff brought in. All contractors have to have a background security screening check done before being allowed operate inside the prison. On arrival at the main gate of the prison we soon became conscious of the fact we were entering a secure environment. We had to leave our mobile phones, memory sticks and cameras behind plus we had to undergo a full security screening process before entering the institution. The prison Authorities in Ireland fight a daily battle to keep drugs and other contraband out of the Institutions and one weapon in the

fight is the searching procedure which is extremely thorough. Sniffer dogs are also utilised as part of the fight against drugs. No one is exempt from this screening, not even the Governors. The Prison systems and procedures are constantly undergoing risk assessments both in the workshop areas and the security operations. A comprehensive reporting policy exists right through the system from accident reporting right up to incident investigations. Staff training is carried out on an ongoing basis and OHSAS 18001 is soon to be rolled out. During the tour we also got to see how the monitoring and management of fire incidents are handled. From sophisticated smoke detection and extraction systems right through to evacuation procedures. It was interesting to note the differences in how evacuating people from a hotel for e.g. can differ greatly to evacuating people who are locked in cells and still need to be brought to a safe area away from the smoke. Because of the construction specifications and materials used in Prisons, large or widespread fires are relatively unknown but smoke can be a big issue. This is managed by utilising fire retardant and inflammable material where possible, a sophisticated sprinkler system and of course a very powerful smoke extraction system. The tour also brought us through the Kitchen area and after we were suitably attired we got some insight into how they managed to provide meals for 700 people four times a day and still maintain good quality and nutritional values in the food. A high degree of food hygiene was particularly noticeable and indeed the Prison has won many awards in this area. Overall it was a very enjoyable insightful and interesting visit and the reports and feedback afterwards from members were very positive. Once again we would like to thank the Governor and all his staff for this most unique and interesting opportunity.

AIRM Golf 2011 Risk Manager

By Nigel Tonge

Our annual outing was again held in Killeen Golf Course in Kill Co. Kildare. The weather thankfully was reasonably kind and we had a good turnout of members and guests on the day. There was a nice array of prizes and with some additional sponsorship from AVIVA, RSA, ATA Security, McGuirks Golf and Killeen, we were able to ensure that everyone nearly left with at least something small to remember the day. The course was in its usual splendid condition with testing fast greens. The prize winners were as follows: Longest Drive (10th Hole): Jenny McGrath Nearest the Pin (18th Hole): James Hobbs Front Nine: Diarmuid McNulty Back Nine: Jamie Ryan

Peter O’Toole & Eamon Cummins

Visitors 1st: Eamon Cummins 2nd: Con Collins 3rd: Jim Cassidy Members 2nd: Eoghan Mateer 3rd: Martin Mullen 4th: Nigel Dawkins The overall winner with a score of 37 points was Peter O’Toole Peter O’Toole & Martin Mullen

Jamie Ryan & Eoghan Mateer

Peter O’Toole & Jenny McGrath


AIRM April 2011 Seminar Risk Manager

Occupational Hygiene

Paul Foran, former Health and Safety Authority Inspector and Managing Director of OHSS, headlined our April seminar. The seminar dealt with the specialist

chemical exceeds the Occupational

play in assisting the risk manager in

the results are credible and accurate, the

role that Occupational Hygienist’s

Exposure Level Value (OELV)*. To ensure

determining a worker’s exposure to

Occupational Hygienist utilises various

hazardous chemicals and the efficacy of

industry accepted standards such as

existing risk control measures.

the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This

The seminar discussed the criteria

entails the affected worker wearing a

for determining hazardous chemicals

specifically configured personal sampling

(such as carcinogens), addressed their

device used to detect the chemical,

physical and chemical characteristics and

positioned within the worker’s breathing

underlined what legislative requirements

zone (within 15cm of his mouth). To

manufacturers, distributors and end

obtain an accurate and credible result

users must comply

it is also imperative that the services of a laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC with. Paul highlighted the need for end users to consider not only the active

ingredients used in the manufacturing process but also consider the

handling, storage, usage, disposal of intermediate, finished goods and waste products.

Attendees were also given a

17025: “General requirements for the

competence of testing and calibration laboratories” by the Irish National

Accreditation Board (INAB) are employed to conduct the analysis.

Members can download the presentation from the website at http://www.airm.ie/ downloads

unique insight into how an

Occupational Hygienist works in the field when the speaker described the intricacies of

using a personal sampling air

monitoring programme to aid the risk assessment process.

An air monitoring programme

determines whether the level of exposure to a hazardous


* OEL is defined as the concentration of a substance in air below which it is believed the majority of workers may be exposed for eight hours each day without suffering adverse health effects.

The danger to spray painters of developing asthma Part 1 By Ian Davis Introduction The purpose of this article is to describe the risk of occupational lung disease caused by exposure to toluene di-isocyanate, which may be used during refinishing of vehicles undergoing repair. The second part of this article, which will be published in the next edition, will review the adequacy of various risk control measures with a view to recommending realistic pragmatic improvements where necessary.

Background It has been reported that isocyanates are the leading cause of occupational asthma in the Western World, accounting for 9-15% of new cases of asthma in adults of working age. Spray painters are considered to be a particularly vulnerable grouping due to the use of Isocyanate based paints, which are known respiratory sensitisers; the causal agents responsible for developing asthma; the UK’s Health and Safety Executive claim that vehicle paint sprayers are 80 times more likely to develop this condition than a general worker.

takes place in the body. TDI has been assigned a Occupational Exposure Level (OEL) value and has an identifying sensitizing “Sen” notation under the Health and Safety Authority’s 2010 code of practice for the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations 2001.

Sensitization Occupational asthma creates a state of immunological hypersensitivity in the lungs that results in the formation of excessive or disproportionate amounts of anti-bodies to fight off the inhaled foreign substances (i.e. antigen). During an asthmatic attack, the antigen-antibody reaction ultimately produces histamine, an inflammatory agent that causes the constriction of smooth muscle, inflammation of the airway wall and thickening of the mucus layer. Combined, these effects narrow the conducting airways and restrict the flow of air reaching the alveoli (see figures below, disrupting the body’s natural balance.

Rehabilitation Whilst the effects are localized, this is a debilitating condition that dramatically and adversely affects a person’s quality of life. Once sensitized, even a tiny amount of exposure to isocyanate, even well below occupational exposure limit value, could trigger an attack in a person. Such a physical condition would almost certainly mean the sprayer would need to be re-assigned to safer alternative duties. If exposure to TDI, the causative agent, ceases completely, the condition will nearly always improve. If this happens within the first two years of the development of the condition then complete recovery is usual.

During spraying the sprayer is exposed on a daily basis to inhalation of TDI during the painting episodes and until the ‘clearance time” for extracting vapours has expired. The operative is also exposed during the cleaning of his spray gun using compressed air, which takes place inside the booth and lasts a few minutes.

In this theoretical scenario spray painting is carried out in a purpose built “SAICO” spray booth equipped with an integrated computer-controlled “downdraft” mechanical ventilation system with set air exchange rates, which operates under negative air pressure to prevent paint mist leaking out. Spray painting is carried out using a “traditional” hand-held spray gun using water based paints, which contain TDI hardners.

Isocyanate based paints are known respiratory sensitizers that target the lungs, resulting in chronic reversible obstructive airway disease, more commonly known as occupational asthma. The vapour damages the lower respiratory tract, specifically the alveoli where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide

The duration of attacks usually varies from a few minutes to hours (status asthmaticus). In severe acute attacks it may prove fatal although these circumstances happen very rarely.

Assessing the risk

The exposure

The paint spray gun creates a fine paint mist that envelope the operator. The mist isn’t extracted instantly, the “clearance time” for removing the paint mist takes 5-minutes due to the velocity and flow rate of the spray gun air jet. The severity of the exposure can be under-appreciated due to the fact that the fine” paint mist is tasteless, odourless and largely undetectable under normal lighting.

• Breathlessness; and shivers. • Flu-like 

Conclusion The sensitisation process does not occur after one exposure but develops over time (i.e., latency period). Latency periods are variable and can be as short as several weeks or as long as 30 years. The risk of development of sensitisation is usually dose related, that is the higher the exposure the more likely the individual will become sensitised.

What are the symptoms of occupational asthma? Typical early signs of respiratory sensitization to isocyanate include one or more of the following: tightness; • Chest  Persistent cough; • • Persistent cold; • Wheezing;

Spray painting using isocyanate paint is a high-risk occupation. Consequently the health surveillance methods aimed at providing medically conclusive evidence of the body’s level of exposure to isocyanates is critical together with comprehensive and robust risk control measures. The second and concluding part of this article will discuss ways of managing the risk and discussing the various methods of determining the sprayers exposure. The guidance in this article was drawn from literature published by the Health and Safety Authority and the UK’s Health and Safety Executive.


Appointments & Recruitments National Automation appoint Tony O’Brien National Automation continue their expansion with the introduction of Tony O’Brien to their team. He is originally from Sligo and has over 12 years’ experience in both the Electrical and CCTV sectors. We feel that coming from an installer back ground, Tony will be able to offer a first-hand knowledge when discussing requirements and solutions with installers. Tony will be responsible for the development of relationships with installers and the development of our ever growing VuTec range of CCTV products.


Samsung Appoint European IP Product Manager Samsung has recruited John Fisk to be its European IP Product Manager. John has worked within the electronic security industry for over 15 years. Immediately prior to joining Samsung he was with Norbain for seven years performing a number of roles, including Branded CCTV Product Manager. John will be responsible for providing specialist IP and network pre and post sales support, as well as offering design and technical assistance on large projects. “Samsung is in the process of substantially increasing its iPOLiS IP and network product range and I am therefore extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to take on this important role”, said John. “I will be focussed on ensuring Samsung’s growing network of customers throughout Europe are equipped with all the information they need to feel totally confident about recommending Samsung IP based security solutions”. John’s appointment reflects Samsung’s belief that there is now clear evidence that the number of IP network based security systems is growing rapidly and will soon account for the majority of new medium to large sized systems across Europe.

Professional Services Manager:

External Sales Representative:

The role of Professional Services Manager will be crucial in helping VisionID in its evolution towards becoming a total solutions provider. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to oversee the development and delivery of hi-tech client solutions based on a combination of products and services from VisionID and its niche third party suppliers/partners.

The successful candidate will be responsible for all primary sales activities, from lead generation through close in an assigned territory. The candidate will need to develop and implement an agreed upon Marketing Plan which will meet both personal and business goals of expanding the customer base in the marketing and sales area. The candidate will work within the sales and support teams for the achievement of customer satisfaction, revenue generation and long-term account goals in line with company vision and values.

This role requires a strong individual capable of managing the existing legacy services commitments but also capable of driving for innovation and future growth through the introduction of new solutions and services. If you have a strong technical background with a versatile skillset across different enterprisebased technologies and a deep understanding of the hardware lifecycles from client specification to delivery and post sales services and support please visit www. visionid.ie (Ref: VIDPSM11) and have a look at our careers section for a full job and person specification.

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If you have previous experience in direct sales or account management and a proven track record in the areas of prospecting and marketing and want to work with an exciting company please visit our website www. visionid.ie and have a look in our careers section (Ref: VIDES11) for a full job and person specification.

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Appointments & Recruitments Job Title: EXPERIENCED VAN SALES & SUPPORT PERSON Region: Atlantic Corridor from Donegal to Clare, some adjoining inland counties

Global Security Devices (GSD) are pleased to announce the appointment of John Sayer as Sales and Business Development for the UK. John has a wealth of experience in the electronic security industry, with senior business development roles in Samsung Techwin, Maxxess Systems, Johnson Control Systems and Cardkey Systems. John will be responsible for developing the UK market for GSD, establishing relationships with installers, distributors, system integrators and consultants, building on GSD’s success in the market to date. John on his appointment said “I am so pleased to be joining such an energetic, innovative company at such an important time in its growth. The easy, wireless nature of the products benefit site owners and operators alike, reduce the time and hassle of cabling for installers, and make a simple bill of quantity sale for distributors”. “Commenting on John’s appointment, Peter O’Connor, managing director, GSD, stated that “We are delighted that John is joining the team at this exciting time to build the business and brand in the UK market. John’s experience and skill set in pre and post sales are a perfect fit for GSD’s innovative product suite”.

Head Office: Global Security Devices Ltd., No. 1 Turnpike Business Park, Ballymount, Dublin 22 Tel: +353 (1) 5242691 Email: info@globalsecurity.ie www.globalsecurity.ie

NATIONAL AUTOMATION Ltd. Specialising in Gate Automation | Access Control | Intercoms | Intruder Alarms | CCTV | Parking Systems | Traffic Barriers

Now recruiting for an Experienced Sales Executive for the Munster region Candidates should have a good knowledge of all the above systems. Please send your CV to jobs@nal.ie or to National Automation Ltd. 4055 Kingswood Ave. Citywest Business Park Dublin 24 An attractive package is available to the right candidate

Dublin: 01 4699115 Boyle: 071 9663893

COMPANY Northwood Technology is Ireland's fastest growing and most dynamic provider of Security Solutions including CCTV, Access Control, Burglar Alarm & Fire Alarm systems. Representing world class manufacturers here in Ireland Northwood are expanding their business in the region from their Satallite base at WestPoint Business Centre, Charlestown, Co. Mayo. PURPOSE OF THE ROLE: Responsible for maintaining and expanding the Northwood customer base in the defined region outlined above. Identifying and selling to the key Northwood Trade customers in this area, providing end to end support. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES & ACCOUNTABILITIES: 1. Servicing the Northwood trade customers in the defined region, including the introduction of new products, securing weekly/monthly orders, providing efficient one to one service, and marketing support. 2. Responsible for all aspect of customer management & service in the region.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience required: » Van sales experience » Technical knowledge in order to be self sufficient in terms of end to end support » Considerable business development experience in the Electro/Technical/IT Field and a proven track record in this area » Full clean drivers licence » Candidates must be highly motivated to grow sales and have a proven track record in dealing with trade customers » Northwood Technology Ltd. » 56 Nore Road, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11.

Desirable: » Relevant Sales qualification » Experience with Security Technological Sector incl. Burglar Alarm, Fire Systems, IP CCTV & Access Control

Please send CV to: Mr. Paul Hennessy, Managing Director at the address / email address below

F: +353 1 8601882 » P: +353 1 8601880 » E: info@northwoodtechnology.ie » www.northwoodtechnology.ie

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Global Security Devices (GSD) are pleased to announce the appointment of Gerry McLaughlin as Sales and Business Development for Ireland. Gerry’s career in the electronic security industry spans eight years, previous roles include field sales manager for Norbain Security, CEF and Europlex Technologies. Gerry will be responsible for developing relationships with installers, distributors, system integrators and consultants in order to build on GSD’s success in the market to date. Gerry on his appointment said “I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Sales and Business Development for Ireland. I truly believe GSD is a unique company with a unique product range. I look forward to starting in my new position and with the backing of a great team have no doubt that GSD will have a successful future”. “Commenting on Gerry’s appointment, Peter O’Connor, managing director, GSD, stated that “Gerry is a big asset to GSD’s team and will no doubt take the GSD Brand from strength to strength in the Irish market, building on GSD’s reputation as product leader and Gerry’s commitment to customer satisfaction”.

Head Office: Global Security Devices Ltd., No. 1 Turnpike Business Park, Ballymount, Dublin 22 Tel: +353 (1) 5242691 Email: info@globalsecurity.ie www.globalsecurity.ie


“It won’t happen to

As someone who works in the security, fire and risk management industry, you have probably heard this phrase more than once so your experience tells you that this is rarely the case. At the recent launch of the new www.insureandsave.ie website, the co-founder Gerry Stewart stated “we believe that the reason people say this is simple. Nobody wants anything bad to happen to themselves or their business or their loved ones so really don‘t want to think about it“. Another thing we hear from individuals regularly is “how can I save money” or company directors saying “how can we reduce our costs”? For us, all these statements are related. Who isn’t looking for a lower cost way of protecting those things that are valuable to us? In the back of our mind’s we do think “it might happen to me and if it does, I want to be financially compensated”. If your property was burgled, you would want

the stolen property replaced; If your car was damaged, you would want it repaired; And it’s the same for personal injury, accident or even death. You or your family would like to know there was financial compensation. Our experience shows us that most people and companies shop around for their car or fleet cover, house or premises insurance and will move insurer to save a small amount of money. Yet people or companies rarely shop around to save money on their other financial outlays such as mortgage protection, life cover, Shareholder cover or health insurance. Is this due to a lack of understanding that “Yes, you can” shop around every year to save money? The strangest thing is that it is normally easier and quicker to shop around for financial protection than it is to shop around for car or house insurance as you don’t have to provide lots of information to get a quote. You simply sign a simple no obligation letter of authority (LOA) and then we do the rest. We go to all 8 life assurance companies operating in Ireland so that they can bid against each other for your business. This saves you time and money, hence our name Insure and Save. We are also delighted to announce that we have recently become a partner of www. CUSAFE.ie, the insurance channel for Credit Union members and we offer their customers a simple and quick way to save money on all their insurances.

OVERCHARGED by your Bank? Many of the people we have met were concerned that they bought a


financial product directly from a bank branch and have recently read about many of the Bank‘s overcharging their customers. They were not sure if they were overcharged and what they could do to check. There have been countless articles in all the national newspapers about Bank’s overcharging their customers for insurance products and banking services. The Financial Regulator website states “you DO NOT have to buy mortgage protection insurance from your lender” which means that you can change your mortgage protection or life cover from your lender anytime to save you money. If you have a mortgage and bought a mortgage protection life policy from your lender/Bank or any other protection product, then it is likely that you are paying too much. That is because the Banks normally have a relationship with only one provider so you are stuck with that providers rates. We can help you to get a no obligation comparison quote from all the providers and save you money. A saving of €10 per month on a mortgage protection or life policy over 25 years is €120 per year but it’s €3,000 over the remaining term of your mortgage/life policy. Would you change car insurer to save €120 every year?….I would. Everybody we meet wants to save money so that is our starting point and we can quickly demonstrate how much we can save using a very simple process.

To start saving money, simply click on www.insureandsave.ie or www. cusafe.ie or phone our call centre on 1850 287233.

Life Safety Devices All devices contain batteries and independent sirens. Communication with the panel is via SecureWave Wireless technology. Devices have independent test buttons or can be tested via the control panel. Each of these superb life saving products allow 2 Way Wireless Communication. The RF-Smoke Detector employs an Optical Smoke Detector. The RF-CO Detector can measure CO sensitivity from 30ppm. The Heat Sensor of The RF-Heat Detector is triggered at 580C.

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