Antaris have been recently successful in a tender to provide a safety review of the IRCG activities. IRCG is the national organisation responsible for the co-ordination of search and rescue in Ireland. Its voluntary sector consists of approximately 950 members, currently divided into 49 Coast Guard Units (CGUs), covering coastal counties from Louth to Donegal. These units carry out inter alia shoreline search, cliff rescue and boat operations. A significant aspect of the IRCG’s work involves interaction with the general public when conducting/co-ordinating coastal searches for missing persons or casualties arising from accidents at sea or along the shoreline.
The project involves Antaris visiting 25 of the 49 units and assessing the activities being carried out from a health and safety perspective. Typical of the issues being addressed are:
- Hazard identification and risk assessment
- Legal compliance
- Operational control (procedures/work instructions)
- Training and awareness
- Use and maintenance of personal protective equipment and work equipment
- Internal and external communications
The assessment is being carried out over a three month period, at the end of which, the IRCG will be presented with a detailed list of recommendations.