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Health & Safety when you are taking a break from the workplace

Health & Safety when you are taking a break from the workplace

The sad truth about this headline, is that many employees believe (some rightly so) that employers do not really care about their health and safety when they are not at work. It is believed that this short-sighted crowd are quite satisfied if employees manage to...

What non-first aid staff should know when an accident occurs

What non-first aid staff should know when an accident occurs

Despite a reported dismal compliance to health and safety regulations in South Africa, most companies know how to act and respond directly after an incident at work that left a staff member injured. The trouble with most such situations is that businesses and...

The wrong of taking a forklift for granted

The wrong of taking a forklift for granted

The title may seem out of place, after all, a modern warehouse simply cannot function without a forklift. But the headline is referring not to the practical and indispensable use of a forklift, if rather refers to the woeful track record of forklift safety in the...

Hazardous chemicals in the workplace

Hazardous chemicals in the workplace

The presence of hazardous chemicals has become an everyday part of our lives, to such an extent that we often do not even think about the possible risks in common chemicals around the house, office, or workplace. This blind acceptance of chemicals is a risk factor to...

Intoxication, an expanded view

Intoxication, an expanded view

It may well be an employers’ worst nightmare: an intoxicated employee. From a health and safety perspective, the risks associated with impaired behaviour due to intoxication are near endless. And while it is universally understood to mean “under the influence of...

Silly season and the hazard of horseplay

Silly season and the hazard of horseplay

Ah, the silly season, how South Africans love it. Summer holidays, no school, closed workplaces, parties, and general unwinding is the order of the day. A term originally coined by journalists to describe the time of year when newspapers filled up with fluff pieced to...

Hidden dangers in the office

Hidden dangers in the office

It is easy to guard against obvious hazards. The trouble is that we are surrounded by hidden dangers that are usually difficult to spot and often even harder to predict. This is especially true of risks related to hazards we have all come to assimilate as normal into...

The benefits of safety training in the workplace

The benefits of safety training in the workplace

In business today, compliance with health and safety regulations is of utmost concern to companies. Strict government legislation and guidelines mean that businesses must be extremely careful in this area. Accommodating health and safety regulations can be an...