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The top environmental, health, safety and sustainability conferences to attend this year

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/22/17 4:45 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE trends, HSE in Business, Leadership in HSE, HSE and Productivity, HSE, Conferences

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A third of the year’s already over, but there’s still a lot happening in health and safety this year, especially when it comes to key conferences you may want to consider attending. As we know, conferences can be overwhelming and leave you questioning if it was really worth it in the end. That said, a good conference can be a source of much-needed inspiration, provide unique networking opportunities and offer instant insights into your current challenges.

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The first step when rolling out HSE training

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/25/17 10:00 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in Corporate HSE, Leadership in HSE, HSE and Productivity, HSE training

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Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be unpacking eight steps – dedicating each blog to one of the eight, to drill down to exactly what will be required of you and your organisation when it comes to initiating your workplace safety training.

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6 tips on sticking to your construction deadlines

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/4/17 10:00 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in safety tips, HSE and Productivity, construction, Safety

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Even on the small scale of renovating your home it seems that no matter what turnaround time your builder promises you, there’s always some delay or another. Sometimes the hold-up is perfectly legitimate; other times it looks suspiciously like the result of people not bothering to deliver when they originally promised. It only takes missing a few small deadlines and the next thing you know, the whole project is off schedule. 

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The 7 techniques you need to use to get a salary increase

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/7/16 9:00 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE and Productivity

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Money is a touchy subject, and most of us, even when we feel we deserve to ask for more, are unsure how to approach a conversation with our supervisor or manager, motivating for a salary increase.

But you can – you just need the right approach, the right timing – and the right techniques. Use today’s blog as your starting point to better returns.

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How to improve productivity through better health and safety practices

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/29/16 12:00 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE and Productivity

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It seems obvious that making your work environment a healthy and safe one will help make your employees happier, and your company more productive. All employers want to avoid the consequences of an unsafe and unhealthy environment, starting with injured workers, but having healthier and happier employees also includes minimising:

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Working smarter: 3 strategies for improving business productivity and efficiency

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/16/16 11:30 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE and Productivity

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Technological advances, customer expectations and especially globalisation have increased the need for higher productivity. Entrepreneurs are now competing on a global scale. At the same time, companies are expected to adhere to their social and ethical responsibilities, which includes being aware of the organisation’s environmental impact. This means that the measures you take to increase your productivity need to also increase your efficiency.

Productivity formally refers to how well your organisation converts input (e.g. labour, materials, machines and capital) into goods and services or output. But today it is no longer limited to measuring ratios of inputs and outputs. Basically, increasing productivity means working smarter. You can look for opportunities to improve efficiency just about anywhere in your company. Here are some key areas to consider.

Choosing the right equipment

This can help you reduce the risk of costly errors and improve the way you do business. Before you buy any equipment, make sure you’re thoroughly familiar with the current and future needs of your business. Ask yourself:

• Is the current equipment giving me good results?
• Do I need to replace several pieces of equipment with more efficient machinery?
• Can the equipment I’m replacing be used elsewhere in my company?
• Will its acquisition be a long-term investment?
• Would it be better to rent equipment?
• Will we use all the features, or are they simply nice-to-have, but unnecessary, gadgets?
• Have I considered the costs of training employees on the new equipment?

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5 Benefits of Better Workplace Ergonomics

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/1/16 9:00 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE and Productivity

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Are you looking to reduce worker’s compensation and health care costs for your company?

Is improving productivity one of your company’s core business objectives this year? How about improving product quality?

 If this is the case then, believe it or not, establishing or improving upon your company’s workplace ergonomics process is on the top of your to-do list.


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