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  • Toolbox talks: What your employees need to know about risk assessments
  • Toolbox talks: What your employees need to know about risk assessments
    The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to identify all hazards and risks in your workplace. You must, thereafter, analyse the risks and implement control measures to reduce or remove the risks associated with your company's activities. Use this toolbox talk to train your employees on the importance of doing daily risk assessments in their work area... The words 'risk assessm... ››› more
  • [03 October 2016]
  • Do you even know what a Health and Safety Rep is and why you should have one?
  • Do you even know what a Health and Safety Rep is and why you should have one?
    I write to you daily about all sorts of health and safety issues and topics. And I know sometimes I throw around a lot of terms quite loosely... Like health and safety rep... And it occurred to me, some readers may be new to my daily bulletin. And some may be new to their health and safety position. Some may even be small business owners who are just learning about health and safety laws they ar... ››› more
  • [30 September 2016]
  • No more hiding! Encourage your employees to report incidents with these 7 tips
  • No more hiding! Encourage your employees to report incidents with these 7 tips
    When it comes to 'promoting a culture of health and safety' in the workplace, one of the most important aspects is to encourage a culture of reporting incidents in the workplace. Employees shouldn't hide any incidents in the workplace, but should report them. Doing so will ensure that hazards and risks in the workplace are dealt with before they can affect someone else, which could put your ... ››› more
  • [29 September 2016]
  • Jack breaks his arm on the job - it's going to cost you, but not if you do this one thing
  • I'm sure it's happened at least once in your factory... Jack, breaks his arm while working on one of your machines... Or he broke it falling off the silo... Or if you're in an office, Jack tripped on a cable in your office, fell and broke his wrist. Jack's now taking time off to go to the doctor, the orthopedic surgeon, needs weekly check-ups and the time he's taking off is just amounting... ››› more
  • [28 September 2016]
  • Your 'E' responsibility in HSE Representatives and SHE
  • If you yawn when you see the words 'Green', 'Recycle', 'Greenhouse gasses' or 'Carbon footprint', you're going to get into trouble! You're responsible for health and safety in your company and now you also have the previously 'ignored' environmental responsibilities and obligations on your plate. The government is getting SERIOUS about environmental concerns and will hold you liable if you'r... ››› more
  • [28 September 2016]
  • Give your new employees the best safety induction training possible with these four steps
  • Give your new employees the best safety induction training possible with these four steps
    When you hire new employees you need to start their health and safety training immediately. This training is important because it shows them how to work safely. This might sound like a massive and time consuming task but, the truth is, you can do it all in one day. Give your new employees the best safety induction training possible with these four steps Follow these four steps to give... ››› more
  • [28 September 2016]
  • So, why should an employee's drug abuse be your problem?
  • Taking drugs is bad enough (not to mention illegal!) but taking drugs while on the job could lead to even bigger issues. This is what a South African woman found out on a working trip to Uganda to prepare for a film shoot when she took cocaine. She now needs be treated for paralysis to her right side after taking the drugs. Now, you may think this is not your problem, but let me show you why i... ››› more
  • [26 September 2016]
  • Surely I don't need to report getting caught on a nail sticking out the wall to the DoL?
  • Surely I don't need to report getting caught on a nail sticking out the wall to the DoL?
    Here's something to think about... In a busy office, there is a nail sticking out of the wall. The maintenance team was supposed to knock the nail into the surface, but didn't. Now, every employee that brushes past the nail is grazed. Since it seems so small, none of the employees that are scratched by the nail report the incident. This continues until an employee tests positive for HI... ››› more
  • [26 September 2016]
  • If someone dies in your office - would you know what to do?
  • If someone dies in your office - would you know what to do?
    As a student I worked at a restaurant to earn some extra cash to get me through my varsity years. One night I was serving a particularly nice family. The mom, dad, granny and grandpa completely doted over the six-year-old twin girls. I left their table to fetch their drinks after taking their order and chatting to them about the icy cold front that hit us. To my absolute horror, when I returned th... ››› more
  • [23 September 2016]
  • He hit me in the face with a spade! Who must I report this to?
  • He hit me in the face with a spade! Who must I report this to?
    Working on a construction site, I'm sure you have many 'horror' stories to tell about incidents on your site... My childhood was filled with my father (who managed a concrete plant for many, many years) coming home with tales of his stressful, but interesting, days. Stories like... … Being thrown off a silo by a very disgruntled and aggressive employee… … One of his employees being c... ››› more
  • [05 September 2016]
  • My dad almost sliced his finger off on-site, what should we do?
  • My dad almost sliced his finger off on-site, what should we do?
    It's not as far-fetched as one would think... That's right, it happened to my father (who owns and manages a concrete and brick factory) just the other day... He was working with one of his mobile cranes on-site. They jacked the mobile crane up to remove the wheels, when it got stuck. My hands-on dad and one of the employees, Sam, lifted the platform up slightly. Sam let go as it was too hea... ››› more
  • [31 August 2016]
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