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.
- The peaks-over-threshold method (Oesterreichische Nationalbank, 2006)
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.
In November last year, the Health and Safety Executive published its annual statistics for 2015/2016. We’ve taken the statistics, and put them together in a visual representation – comparing 2014/2015’s statistics to 2015/2016’s, including fatalities, RIDDOR (reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations), ill health, days lost, and enforcement notices. It also breaks down injuries and fatalities by region, offering a quick glance to see where the most accidents, both fatal and non-fatal are happening. We then take a look at what companies are doing to manage HSE in the workplace.
Prepared by: Dr Deonie Botha, Head of Research and Development at NOSA, in conjunction with the School of Mining Engineering, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
In 2014, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) published a foresight report on new and emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) risks and challenges. In this foresight report, the EU-OSHA identified five new and emerging risks and challenges that would drive change in the field of occupational safety and health.
In today’s economic climate, with all the pressures of running a business, upskilling your team is probably the last thing on your mind, especially as it means parting with money you might think is better used elsewhere. However, studies have shown that investing in corporate training can have enormous long-term benefits for you and your organisation. Upskilling is simply training that allows your workers to do their jobs – but better.
Did you know – according to The Guardian, at least nine companies globally generate a billion dollars or more in revenue annually from sustainable products or services — those products and services that focus on sustainable living and/or are produced sustainably. This includes Unilever, General Electric, Ikea, Tesla, Chipotle, Nike, Toyota, Natura and Whole Foods (with Target expected to join the list in the coming months). Certainly not ‘small fry’ companies.
We all know about the obvious legal and financial benefits that come with giving health and safety instruction to employees. But what we don’t always appreciate is the psychology of working in a safe environment, and that safety is the first step to a better business.
Health and safety has numerous benefits to your business. It’s important to note that employees in a safe work environment can focus better on their tasks, simply because they do not have to worry as much about their personal safety. This enhanced focus will eventually lead to better work output and quality, ultimately increasing productivity and consequently, the company’s profits in the long run.
More often than not, health and safety training is grudgingly implemented as the best way to meet legal requirements. And although you would not want any one of your employees to injure themselves (or worse, die) as the result of an unsafe workplace, too often we see very little budget allocated to proper HSE training.