Padraig Delaney, BE, MIEI joined the HEALTH & SAFETY AUTHORITY in 1996 as an inspector and he currently co-ordinates HSA policy matters in relation to electricity, explosive atmospheres (ATEX) and renewable energy. He also works on the market surveillance of Personal Protective Equipment and Machinery in accordance with the relevant EU product legislation. A graduate of University College Dublin, he holds an honours degree in Electrical Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety. From 1988 to 1996, prior to joining the HSA, he worked in industry on electrical installations and electrical design projects in Ireland, Europe and the Middle East. Padraig is Ireland’s representative on the EU Working Group and Committee dealing with ATEX and he is the former chair of EU ATEX Administrative Cooperation Working Group on Market Surveillance (AdCo). "
Niav O’Higgins is a leading Irish construction lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in this area. She heads up the Construction & Engineering Group and is also a member of the Health & Safety Group at Arthur Cox.
Niav has experience of advising various parties involved in both private and public sector projects, including state and semi-state bodies, developers, contractors, consultants, investors and funders. Her breadth of experience, across a range of industry sectors, gives Niav real understanding of the imperatives driving the players, allowing her to unlock solutions in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, professional appointments, and related documentation. She also provided solution-driven advice on dispute resolution, where she has experience of adjudication, conciliation, mediation and arbitration. Niav also advises on matters of health and safety, particularly as it affects construction and is a lecturer on the Trinity College Diploma in Health and Safety in Construction (IOSH accredited).
Bill Bates worked for 20 years in the electricity utility, Manweb, followed by 20 years as a Principal Electrical Inspector at the Health and Safety Executive. He was also a contributor to the IET Code of Practice for Electrical Safety Management and has practical experience applying the Code with clients.
Bill Tubey worked for Manweb which was acquired by Scottish Power in 1996. His operational engineering background in the electricity industry and extensive experience of the leadership and effective management of large multi-disciplined teams makes him ideally suited to share his knowledge of electrical safety management.