The office is not the first place you would think of when you think of safety at work! Office places would not usually fall into the high-risk category, but this does not mean that no hazards exist here. Let’s take a closer look. A job where most work tasks are carried out while sitting in a chair in a climate-controlled office would …
This discussion looks at the safety issues that are related to lifting operations, including equipment and accessories and what general arrangements need to be in place to safely manage this type of hazardous work.
Everyone that visits your site should have some kind of formal induction. Each induction will need to cover different topics, for example, Visitors won’t need to know how to fill out a permit to work form, but they will need to know where their assembly point is, in the event of an emergency.
It is clear than in terms of accident investigations especially those for major events, these major accidents are never what might be called ‘blue sky’ events. It may seem like that to the people impacted by them but invariably the investigation report will uncover and identify weaknesses and stress in the system that went either unreported or if reported, uncorrected.
In recent times there has been the emergence of a new philosophy in safety which has at its heart the concept that all accidents are preventable. To promote this, schemes and programmes have been developed that use the word zero in their title.
Generating corrective and preventative actions (CAPA’s) and recording them in a plan is one thing, closing them out to a satisfactory standard, verifying that that has been done and monitoring ongoing compliance is another.
This year the International Labour Organisation (ILO) will be focussing on how to optimise the collection and use of OSH data. World Day for Safety and Health and Work will take place on April 28th and this is the theme that will be highlighted.
Accident Investigations are an informative teaching tool from which the lessons of the past are imparted to us so we can modify and improve our safety management systems.