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An emergency planning guide for facilities

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/10/18 5:30 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Risk in HSE, safety tips, HSE in Business, Emergencies in the Workplace, HSE training, Risk management, Health and Safety, Workplace safety, HSE best practice, Office safety, Ergonomics, Facilities management

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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.

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13 hidden safety hazards in the workplace

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/7/18 5:10 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Corporate HSE, Safety, workplace, Workplace safety, HSE, HSE best practice, Office safety, hazards

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How often should workplace facilities be inspected?

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/3/18 4:50 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Checklists, risk evaluation, risk analysis, Office safety, Risk assessment, Ergonomics, Facilities management, Inspections

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Inspections are a way of systematically checking that your working environment and procedures are meeting the required standards. An inspection should identify hazards and be your first step in introducing measures to improve conditions. They can be formal, informal, recorded or unrecorded, but what is important is that they are carried out to a set standard, at an appropriate frequency.

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The 4 toolbox talks to incorporate in facilities management

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/31/18 5:15 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE, HSE fails, Office safety, Ergonomics, Facilities management

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Toolbox talks (sometimes also known as ‘safety moments’, ‘tailgate meetings’ or ‘safety briefings’) are informal safety meetings that focus on safety topics related to the specific job, such as workplace hazards and safe work practices. Meetings are normally short in duration and are generally conducted at the job site prior to the commencement of a job or work shift. It is one of the most effective methods to:

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Is your workplace up to scratch?

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/27/18 5:45 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Office safety, Ergonomics, Facilities management

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Conduct an effective ergonomic risk assessment in 5 steps

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/20/18 4:50 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Health and Safety, Office safety, Ergonomics, Facilities management

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Conducting an ergonomic assessment is the foundation upon which you will build your ergonomics process. Your ergonomics improvement efforts will never come to fruition without you effectively assessing roles and duties in your workplace for musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) risk factors.

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The precise effect of poor ergonomics on employee performance

[fa icon="calendar'] 1/17/18 6:00 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE for employees, Safety, Workplace safety, HSE best practice, Office safety, Ergonomics, Facilities management

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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.

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Your office HSE cheat sheet

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/2/17 5:15 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Safety, Health and Safety, HSE best practice, Office safety

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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.

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