Many facilities managers (FM) prefer to maintain a behind-the-scenes role in the buildings they oversee. If people can’t see the work you do, you’re doing your job well, right? In an emergency, however, FMs must run point because they know the space better than anyone, and are able to marshal resources quickly and get people where they need to go.
Perhaps as the result of a lack of information, many people view the topic of ergonomics as a ‘soft’ subject – that by giving credence to it and supporters of sound ergonomic principles, you are giving in to those who want a ‘cushy ride’ at the workplace. But, you’d be doing both you and your employees a disservice by ignoring the issue completely.
It’s simple – if you plan to work within a confined space, or part of your work will take place within a confined space, you need to be aware of all the attendant risks. Many work incidents or accidents happen in confined spaces each year. In many instances, victims are not aware of the risks or that the control measures they implemented were inadequate.
We’ve finally come to the end of our series on driver safety. Today we kick off with a new series on confined space, and the safety rules and practices required to ensure you and your colleagues (or employees) are as risk free as possible. Let’s begin by taking a look at the best safety tips for confined space entry.
Being involved in any kind of car accident runs the risk of personal injury, even death. That risk increases substantially when there’s a significant discrepancy between the size of the vehicles involved in the crash. Trucks are incredibly large, heavy vehicles, and if they’re involved in crashes, they can cause serious injuries and deaths. The destruction that can be caused by vehicles this size is scary.
Although you probably already have security procedures and cameras in place, there remains a need to further educate your employees on how to prevent a hijacking. Some commercial vehicles (such as pick-up and delivery trucks, tractors and trailers, armoured vehicles, mail and package delivery vehicles, etc.) can be especially vulnerable to hijacking attempts. Today we offer advice on the safety procedures your drivers can use to avoid being involved in a hijacking.
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.