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Accidents at Work: the Safety System (2)

The National Industrial Safety Organisation (NISO)

NISO was founded in 1963. It is a voluntary body with membership consisting principally of private firms, trade unions and insurance companies. It is in receipt of an annual Government grant from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation and has offices at A11 Calmount Park, Ballymount, Dublin 12.

The organisation runs courses and seminars on safety and health at work and has a library of booklets, leaflets and posters. These are supplied either free or for a small fee. It also has a catalogue of films and videos available for hire. Its website is at

Beaumont Poisons Information Centre

Because Toxicology   (the study of the effects of poisons on biological systems) is a specialised subject, the Dept. of Health has centralised services on this topic in the Poisons Information Centre in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. The Centre answers written or telephone enquiries from other health workers or agencies or from members of the public. It does not provide a diagnostic or inspection service. The records of the Centre are not of great value as a source of information on the incidence of toxic events in Ireland. It is not a clearing house on such matters. The centre will become aware of an incident only in the event, usually, that a general practitioner or a hospital will seek advice on treatment where poisoning has been diagnosed. Its website is at