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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.