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The 9 key qualities of a star safety officer

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/5/17 6:00 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Corporate HSE, HSE for employees, HSE training, Health and Safety, HSE, HSE culture, HSE best practice

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You might say, ‘I’m just a safety officer – not a leader’. ALL safety professionals are leaders, as you are responsible for guiding your entire organisation when it comes to adopting, implementing and following sound safety practices.

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Your office HSE cheat sheet

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/2/17 5:15 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Safety, Health and Safety, HSE best practice, Office safety

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Need a quick reference guide to maintain your office’s health and safety compliance? Use the following checklist to stay on top of your legal obligations.

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10 ways to apply HSE training outside the workplace

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/29/17 4:04 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Safety, Health and Safety, HSE, HSE culture, HSE best practice

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We’ve said it before – training doesn’t stop at the boundary wall of where you work. Safety is an attitude, a way of life. This means that how you observe safety is constant, and just as important when you are at home prepping dinner for your family, or travelling on the road, as it is when you are, say, operating a forklift machine on the factory floor. Apart from anything else, constant and consistent observance means you’ll get into the habit of practising safety, and eventually it’ll be second nature, and not something you have to consciously work at.

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How to be your office health and safety advocate

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/22/17 5:41 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Corporate HSE, Health and Safety, Workplace safety, HSE

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Checklist: Is your disability access up to scratch?

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/19/17 5:40 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Corporate HSE, Health and Safety, Workplace safety, HSE best practice

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Your top 6 for 2016

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/15/17 4:30 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE trends, Health and Safety

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Last year was an interesting mix of topics for HSE, and it was reflected in our most popular blog posts for 2016. Take a look at our pick of your top 6:

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Asthma in the mines: Here’s what you can do

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/15/17 9:00 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE Mining, Risk in HSE, Health and Safety

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Even for someone who is in peak physical condition with no chronic ailments, working in a mine poses a significant risk to their health. For someone who suffers from asthma, the stakes are even higher. Miners are at risk of developing lung diseases because of their regular exposure to airborne dust, and miners who are exposed to exhaust from diesel engines have an increased risk of dying from lung cancer.

For instance, when thousands of workers staged a sit-in at the Harmony Gold Mine in South Africa in January, one mine worker’s family were terrified for one of the workers, who was underground without his asthma medication, for an extended period.

Today’s blog will look at how to detect if someone presents symptoms of asthma, how to deal with a mine worker who may suffer from asthma, and ways to monitor your workers if they are vulnerable to developing asthma.

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Why your hard hat won’t save you: The benefits of a hierarchy of controls

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/25/17 4:30 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Health and Safety, Workplace safety, Hierachy of Controls

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Or at least, your hard hat alone won’t save you. Today we’d like to take the opportunity to discuss the benefits of a ‘hierarchy of controls’, and how it can be used to create safe systems of work in your workplace. Traditionally, a hierarchy of controls has been used as a means of determining how to implement feasible and effective control solutions. This can be done in a few steps.

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The 10 most dangerous toys of 2016

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/26/16 4:00 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Toy, Safety, Health and Safety

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Safety should come first when you're shopping for toys for kids. Once you’ve made sure they are safe, then you can focus on the fun. Some toys aren't properly labelled and could pose a danger to your children. This is why the World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH), a non-profit organisation that educates the public about toy safety, issued a list of the most dangerous toys of 2016 to help parents make informed choices.

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