Major incidents are rare, but they migrate to sites where managers and workers have a high risk tolerance, writes safety psychologist David Broadbent.
Major incidents are as rare as Black Swans. You have not seen one on site for many years. But they are not extinct, not even endangered.
Political risk affects business, labour, state, and the public. Political vandalism of infrastructure requires a social risk assessment, and culture change.
A yellow fever outbreak began in Angola in December. By April 2016, Angola had 2023 suspected yellow fever cases, and 258 deaths from infections.
Following a Sheqafrica.com report on the SABS mark on faulty geysers (see below), a user documents questionable use of the SABS mark in the Western Cape. An SABS official responds, but some questions remain.
The SA Disaster Management Amendment Bill 2015 expands disaster management plans, to disaster risk assessments, and risk mapping,
I became more attuned to the failure of how we think about risk tolerance after I was squashed by a car.
Asbestos is still an occupational health risk in manufacturing, mining, building, maintenance and auto industries.
The rate of food-borne disease is rising due to contamination by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemicals. Food safety is an occupational health risk.
Some SABS Approved geysers are health, safety, environment, quality, maintenance and cost risks. SABS suspended seven managers in another standards scandal.
Health and safety management relies on incidents, statistics, probability, and history, yet the Denver train collision repeats the Orlando train disaster.
Employers must assess and manage all workplace risks, including social risk factors such as xenophobia, as the Constitution and the OHS Act provides.
Safety psychologist David Broadbent explores the anatomy of industrial disasters, and strategies to diagnose and prevent them.
Do confined space entry worker know enough? Here are some confined space entry risk assessment calculations.
What are the industrial disaster lessons from multi-fatal incidents such as Texas City plant, Deepwater Horizon, and from major safety conferences?
Outdoor workers and employers have to manage skin cancer risk. Occupational health exposures could be considered a test of mangement quality in turn.
Health and safety philosophy has to stretch to underpin Sheq management, from behaviour to corporate governance. Eskom gives us pause for thought.
Ebola virus infection of some health care workers, despite wearing PPE, demonstrate the need to raise health care PPE skills.
Risk tolerance should be a constant value, but it is often just an attitude or priority, and work priorities change.
Construction contractors may not appoint a health and safety Agent, Manager, or Officer, unless SACPCMP registered with required competencies and resources.