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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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Need-to-know tips for a confined space risk assessment

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/29/17 5:45 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Safety, Workplace safety, HSE best practice, Confined spaces, Risk assessment

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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.

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How to assist others in a road accident

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/18/17 5:30 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Safety, driver training, Driver safety, Road safety, First aid

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With the frightening number of road accidents occurring every single day, everywhere in the world, it seems almost an inevitability that you’ll one day be called on to assist someone involved in one. Here are a few tips and tools to keep in mind if you need to help someone injured in a car accident.  

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13 hidden safety hazards in the workplace

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/19/17 5:10 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Corporate HSE, Safety, workplace, Workplace safety, HSE, HSE best practice, Office safety, hazards

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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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10 ways to apply HSE training outside the workplace

[fa icon="calendar'] 7/29/17 4:04 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Safety, Health and Safety, HSE, HSE culture, HSE best practice

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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.

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8 of the worst mining disasters worldwide

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/25/17 10:00 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in HSE Mining, Disaster Management, History, Safety

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It’s a fact: Mining is one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. Even when everyone does everything they can to prevent and minimise incidents and fatalities, things still can – and do – go wrong.

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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 psychology of working in a safe environment

[fa icon="calendar'] 2/1/17 10:30 AM / by SAMTRAC posted in Psychosocial Wellness, Safety

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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 how your business can also enjoy enhanced productivity and satisfaction among your workforce by keeping the workplace safe – both physically and psychologically. With this in mind, here’s a look at the reasons behind this, and tools to achieving this for your own organisation. 

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The 10 most dangerous toys of 2016

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/26/16 4:00 PM / by SAMTRAC posted in Toy, Safety, Health and Safety

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Safety should come first when you're shopping for toys for kids. Once you’ve made sure they are safe, then you can focus on the fun. Some toys aren't properly labelled and could pose a danger to your children. This is why the World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH), a non-profit organisation that educates the public about toy safety, issued a list of the most dangerous toys of 2016 to help parents make informed choices.

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