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.
- 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 June last year we published an article on the importance of finding and working with responsible suppliers. That blog dealt with suppliers who are actively working towards processes with a low impact on the environment, whether it was ensuring low carbon emissions or ensuring hazardous materials are disposed of properly. We included a helpful checklist, which you can find here.
Ethical corporate responsibility doesn’t stop there
Last month, a Sky News investigation revealed how mining companies in the DRC are exploiting children as young as four years’ old to work in their mines. For less than 8p a day, these children are sent into hand-dug tunnels with no protective equipment and forced to mine for the cobalt needed in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries found in smartphones and electric cars. These same tunnels frequently collapse but the children are too scared not to venture into them as they are threatened with physical abuse if they don’t.
For many companies, we’re fast approaching financial year end. This is the time to review what remains in our budgets and find ways to spend what remains in a way that is responsible and productive, while avoiding wasteful expenditure that can harm your bottom line.
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Staying healthy and safe at work is important. But sometimes, we are so preoccupied with each area’s specific safety concerns that we forget safety begins simply, and becomes more detailed as you become more focused. No matter what your job, use these 10 golden rules as you reduce your risks of injury and illness at work.
Yesterday we set a quick quiz to help you assess how you compare on a global HSE scale. Below are the answers to each question.