Maurice Quinlan

Professional Biography

Maurice Quinlan, Director of the EAP Institute is a competent person as required by Section 80(1) of The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. He has the knowledge, skills and experience to develop policies on workplace mental health, workplace intoxicants (defined as drugs and alcohol) and employee health and wellbeing policies and programmes for Irish companies.


Maurice Quinlan’s knowledge of Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) developed when he worked with an Irish semi-state company.  Following a short period studying EAPs in the U.S., he introduced the Occupational Alcoholism Programme (OAPs) concept to Europe and hosted the first seminar on this topic in the Clarence Hotel, Dublin in September 1980 he also developed the first external EAP programme in 1985 in Smithwick’s Brewery Kilkenny.  He founded the EAP Institute to provide EAP services, training and consulting to a variety of companies, public and private, ranging from shipping, retail, hospitality industry, construction, manufacturing and the public service.

Maurice holds a Diploma in Social Science from University College Cork and is a fully accredited member of the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA) Irish Branch and is an associate member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).  He also holds membership of the European Workplace Drug Testing Society (EWDTS), and the Irish Association of Alcohol and Addiction Counsellors (IAAAC).

In November 2004 he received a special recognition award by The Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA) at the 33rd Annual Conference in San Francisco, California in recognition for his commitment and contribution to the Employee Assistance Profession and The Employee Assistance Professional Association

Skills, Vision and Innovation

Quinlan has the vision to develop innovative training programmes in health, safety and equality.  He has recently developed three high value reference manuals on workplace mental health, employee health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol at work, and a training programme, driving for work under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He is currently monitoring the developments of the revised code of practice on workplace bullying.


The Institute has provided training in Scotland, London, Switzerland, Italy and Greece. The Institute also acted as consultants to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on prevention and assistance training on alcohol and drug problems for the countries of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines. The Institute also organises on line certified learning and in company training in Ireland on the topics of Employee Health and Resilience Workplace Intoxicants (defined as drugs and alcohol), Workplace Mental Health, Employee and Driving for Work under the Influence of Intoxicants (defined as drugs and alcohol).

Recent and current work

Maurice is a frequent contributor to many national and international publications including   a report on EAP’s in Ireland published in the 3rd Edition of the International Employee Assistance Compendium.  He was also one of the selected scholar practitioners to contribute to the publication on the Integration of Employee Assistance, Work Life and Wellness Services by the Hayworth Press.  Previous contributions include” Weathering the Storm” Published in the Winter 2009/10 edition of Counseling at Work and “Stressing the Importance of Employee Assistance Programme “published in the Health and Safety Times Issue 27 2010, Additional articles included” Testing Times Ahead”, published in the Health & Safety Times in Issue 30 2011 “Suicide a Factor in Workplace Deaths”, published in the June 2011 Issue of Health & Safety Review.

His current work with Don Jorgensen PhD includes the development of a new compliance based on line course Employee Support Service’s (ESS) for workplace mental health (entitled the Waterford Model) in the 28 member states of the EU. Contributions to recent publications include the The International Employee Assistance Digital Archive     and the Journal of Employee Assistance (JEA)  3rd quarter 2020 issue. VOL 50 no 3. July 2020. “EAP in Ireland – Legislation is driving change”

Maurice Quinlan


EAP Institute

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Waterford, Ireland

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