Southern Adder. Photo: Peter Chadwick
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Staying safe isn’t restricted to indoors, within the confines of a building. You have to manage your risk wherever you go. In a country like South Africa, with thriving wildlife, it is not uncommon to be confronted with a potentially dangerous animal. Which is why today we offer tips for recognising the most common snakes in South Africa.
Today Cape Town residents are ‘battening down the hatches’ as a massive storm has hit the area, with roofs being blown off dwellings, roads closed and trees uprooted. A number of people have already been displaced, with residents doing their best to stay warm and dry, and working together to help those in need.
Most occupational health and safety legislation requires employers to provide training to employees that enables them to perform their work in a manner that is safe and without risks to their health and safety. We all recognise the value and benefit of workforce training – it makes workers more efficient by increasing production, revenue, and profits while decreasing costs, waste, and inefficiencies. Effective training can lead to increased compliance with regulations. It can even lead to a happier, more satisfied workforce, which in turn reduces turnover and costly on-boarding. But it needs to be done properly and effectively – you cannot blaze forth with half-formed plans and vague ideas of how to proceed.
|We should always, always take safety seriously, but safety information can be both informative and entertaining. Now that we’ve got your attention, take a look at these nine safety facts that seem crazy, but are in fact 100% true.|
We had such a positive response to our vaping article, we thought we’d cover smoking in a little more depth. As we all know, South Africa has some of the most stringent laws related to smoking that sometimes it might feel that you’ve just wrapped your head around one regulation, when you’re confronted with yet another legal ruling you weren’t aware existed. Often, the best way to handle this is to scale back to the basics, and work your way from there. Today, we bring you 10 of the most important smoking laws you need to pay attention to. But first – a little history…
Why it’s essential to carry your HSE training outside of the workplace
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. Today, while you take your well-deserved break from work, it doesn't mean your vigilance when it comes to safety is on leave too.
For many companies, we’re fast approaching financial year end. This is the time to review what remains in our budgets and find ways to spend what remains in a way that is responsible and productive, while avoiding wasteful expenditure that can harm your bottom line.
If you say something often enough, whether or not there is any truth in that statement, it somehow becomes fact. There is also always the risk of repeating something that may have once been true, but as a result of developments and research no longer actually applies. The best thing to do is investigate anything you aren’t sure of, accessing reputable sources for confirmation. Be sure to stay in touch with (or belong to) industry organisations that will help you stay current with goings on in your sector.