Antaris have embarked on a project with the Cork County Council Library Service to conduct a comprehensive hazard identification and risk assessment process at all of its libraries, and for each of its mobile library routes. The library has twenty nine fixed locations and 5 mobile routes, each of which takes two weeks to complete. Cork County Library Service extends to all parts of the County, from Head Office in Cork City to large centres such as Mallow, and smaller rural and coastal units, such as Castletownbere and Newcastle. The mobile routes cover North Cork, East Cork and West Cork, as well as two routes around Cork City and the South.
The challenge for the Library Service is to ensure the safety of employees, casual visitors, customers, event attendees and contractors in a wide variety of buildings and at several hundred mobile stops. The organization is supported by Cork County Council and a comprehensive and well documented safety management system. Antaris is working with the management of the Service to systematically assess each fixed library building, each mobile route, and each stop along each route, to identify hazards and assess the residual risk. The overall objective is to confirm the suitability of existing controls, and where necessary identify additional controls.