Worksite Visits Programme

ICOH 2018 Organising Committee are delighted to offer delegates the opportunity to participate in one of the below worksite visits during their time at the Congress.
Please note that these worksite visits comprise of a significant portion of on foot touring and comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing should be worn.
Because of the nature of these visits with behind the scenes access to some of Ireland’s largest operations numbers in the tour groups are limited and bookings are on a first come first serve basis.

Worksite visits are limited to one per person and are bookable on the Congress registration form.
If you have already registered for the Congress and did not book a worksite visit and would now like to do so please log back into your account and you will be able to add one to your booking.

The cost of worksite visits is €10 per person.

Dublin Port

Dublin city was founded by Vikings at the lowest crossing point of the River Liffey (Near Guinness’s brewery) and since then the Port has gradually moved eastwards.  Today two thirds of the traded goods in Ireland pass through Dublin Port each year, it caters for cruise ships (upwards of 100 per year) ferry cars and passengers (1.8 million per year), Roll on Roll off freight and container ships and bulk carriers.  It is significant in the social and political history of Ireland.  Its busiest week ever was in 2010 when aircraft were grounded due to volcanic ash from Iceland.  The largest car ferry in Europe operates from Dublin Port to Holyhead in Wales.

Delegates will visit the administration building for a presentation followed by a bus tour of Container, Roll on Roll off and Cruise Liner Berths.

Dates: Tuesday 1st May & Wednesday 2nd May 2018 (delegates are open to book either of these dates on a first come first serve basis)

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Duration: 1.5 hours.

Transport: Delegates will be picked up by coach at the entrance to the CCD.

Dress Code: Casual clothing with comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella or rain coat (just in case!).


Guinness has been brewed at St James’s Gate since 1759 when Arthur Guinness signed a 9000 year lease. With Guinness being enjoyed all over the world every day, we’re continuing to experiment and innovate in true pioneering style. Our brewing methods might have been passed down since Arthur’s time, but they never stop evolving. On this tour, you will visit the Guinness Brewery, and be shown around the production areas.

Afterwards, there will be a session on the unique history of the occupational health and medical services at St James’s Gate and the current occupational health and wellbeing provided to employees today.

Please be aware that this visit will involve walking and stairs so sensible walking shoes are essential. 

Dates: Tuesday 1st May & Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

Time: 1:30pm – 5pm

Duration: 3 hours (plus time for registration)

Transport: Delegates can make their own way there (Luas) or join “walking bus” with some sightseeing on the way (see map).

Dress Code: Casual clothing with comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella or rain coat (just in case!).


This is the longest Building in Ireland (1.3km) so bring robust walking shoes! The site tour will be preceded by a talk with particular emphasis on a unique rehabilitation programme for musculoskeletal conditions. The site is 740,000 square feet & Built on 17 acres with 6 miles of aisles this centre is responsible for the distribution of 1, 500000 cases of goods which are delivered to 150 Tesco store each week. There are 600 people working on site from 24 different countries.

Dates: Tuesday 1st May & Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

Time: 2.30 pm – 5pm

Duration: 2.5 – 3 hours.

Transport: A bus will be arranged to take delegates to and from the venue (30min drive each way).

Dress Code: Casual clothing with comfortable walking shoes.

Additional notes: The site operates a random search policy, all visitors should be aware off this to avoid any concerns should you be “selected for search” on the day this is normal practice for this site.

Hi vis jackets will be supplied and must be worn.

Irish Aviation Authority

This afternoon lecture will give an overview of the role of the Irish Aviation authority and the function of the Aeromedical section. Further details on the lecture content to follow soon. We will make our way on foot from the congress venue (CCD) to the IAA. On route, there will be the opportunity to see an old Caisson used to construct the Dublin Quays and a monument to a gassing accident in a Dublin sewer which claimed the lives of 3 workers in 1908. Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is close by O’Connell Bridge (there is a Jet engine in the window) it is 1.3km from CCD.

Dates: Tuesday 1st May & Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

Time: 2:30pm depart CCD on foot as a group, start 3pm at the IAA & finishes at 5pm

Duration: 2 hours.

Transport: Delegates must make their own way or join the walking group departing the CCD at 2:30pm

Dress Code: Casual clothing with comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella or rain coat (just in case!).

The Guinness Architectural Legacy

A walking tour from St James’s Gate to St Stephen’s Green to enjoy the buildings, monuments and parks, constructed, restored or laid out and donated to the citizens of Dublin by several generations of the Guinness family. The tour will last for approximately one hour, with a walking distance of approximately five kilometres and around six stops along the way.  As it is a walking tour delegates should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. The tour will be led by James Howley who is an architect and an author based in Dublin.

Dates: Tuesday 1st May & Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

Time: 3:20pm – depart CCD, 4pm – 5pm Tour

Duration: Approximately 1 hour

Transport: Delegates must make their own way or join the group leaving the CCD at 3:20pm to take public transport (Luas) to Museum LUAS stop and walk back along Benburb Street.  Turn right onto Ellis Street and the cross river and continue along Watling Street to starting point on corner with Thomas Street.  Delegates to make their own way back from Stephens Green.

Dress Code: Casual clothing with comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella or rain coat (just in case!).


L.É WB YEATS, Irish Naval Vessel

The offshore patrol vessel, L.É WB YEATS, has recently returned from an humanitarian mission rescuing migrants from Mediterranean waters. The vessel is 90m in length with a top speed of 23 knots. This visit will give you the opportunity to explore the build and fit out of this craft along with its high international standards in terms of safety, equipment fit, technological innovation and crew comfort. There are 44 crew on-board and you will be able to see their working conditions and get an understanding of their role as part of the naval service.


Wednesday 2 May 14:00 – 16:00

Thursday 3 May

Tour times: 10:00/10:30/11:00/11:30/14:00/14:30/15:00/15:30

Location: Sir John Rogerson’s Quay (across the river from the CCD).

Note: No pre-registration required. Places are on a first come first serve basis and entry will be restricted to those with an ICOH 2018 delegate pass. Please be advised that the vessel has restricted access for delegates with limited mobility.

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