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  • by James E. Leemann Ph.D. The origins of behavior-based safety (BBS) are attributed to a number of different individuals in the fields of behavior analysis, organizational behavior, psychology, safety, and so on.  Regardless of who you attribute the beginnings of BBS to, most would agree …Read More…

  • An article on STATSSA’s website published on 27 March 2018 indicated that there has been formal job gains in Q4 of 2017. “Figures from the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey showed that South Africa’s formal non-agricultural sector added 81 000 jobs in the fourth quarter of …Read More…

  • Durban – The indirectly forced registration of health and safety practitioners in South Africa under the Construction Regulations, 2014 have been reported ad nauseam since 2013, and recently surfaced on Social media again. The registration process is now going to be tested for the first …Read More…

  • EXCEPTIONS: Labour Court takes strong exception to an Exception The purpose of an Exception is to object to a defect in the opposing party’s pleadings. Typical exceptions are that the statement of claim is “vague and embarrassing” or that it “does not disclose a cause …Read More…

  • New IARC Website Tracks UV Radiation Cancers The Cancers Attributable to UV Radiation website provides the population attributable fractions associated with UV radiation exposure and will help national decision makers as they set priorities for cancer prevention. May 14, 2018 The International Agency for Research …Read More…

  • ASTM Develops Standard for General Aviation Ice Detectors ASTM reported that the new F3310 standard could be useful to ice detector manufacturers and aircraft pilots. May 11, 2018 A new ASTM International standard has been completed to increase the safety of small aircraft by supporting …Read More…

Africa Snippets

  • OSHA: C & D Technologies Exposed Workers to Lead

    A Milwaukee, Wis. battery manufacturer exposed workers to lead and failed to implement an effective management program, according to OSHA. Agency inspectors discovered 14 employees at C & D Technologies Inc. were exposed to airborne lead at levels 11 times above the permissible limit. “Employers are required to continually evaluate …Read more…

  • NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Uber Test Vehicle Crash

    NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Uber Test Vehicle Crash The Board’s report said the self-driving system data showed the vehicle operator engaged the steering wheel less than a second before impact and began braking less than a second after impact. May 25, 2018 The National Transportation Safety Board released Thursday …Read more…

  • Webinar: Simple Strategies to Improve Your Fall Protection Program

    Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -5, New York)Duration: 1 HourEvent Type: Live WebinarCost: Free Register Today!   Description Last fall, OSHA announced that fall protection citations ranked as the top violation for the seventh year in a row, and fall protection training entered the list at number …Read more…

  • NSC Estimates More Than 400 Road Fatalities on Memorial Day Weekend

    The upcoming Memorial Day weekend is a deadly one on the road.The National Safety Council has released estimates indicating that 402 fatalities are expected during the holiday period, which which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 28.“Memorial Day should mark the start of …Read more…

  • ASSE Awards Scholarships to Children of Workplace Tragedy

    Five years ago, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation created the Family Scholarship Fund to give spouses and children of workplace tragedies a chance to continue their education.This year’s recipients of $10,000 scholarships are Lindsey Pinkerton of Crete, Neb., and Samantha Wooten of Belmont, NH.. “We want to encourage people to …Read more…

  • Rooftop Safety Revisited: FAQs on New OSHA Requirements

    Sponsored by Safety Products Group When is a warning line or guardrail system necessary for rooftop work areas? How far from the roof edge is adequate for a guardrail system? Find out the answers to these questions and what’s changed with OSHA’s Walking-Working surfaces and Personal Protection Equipment rules.    Download …Read more…

  • Safety Labels vs Signs: What’s the Difference?

    The accurate interpretation of safety signs is crucial to prevent injuries and save lives. OSHA has set industry standards that clearly define what a safety sign is, how it should be used, and where it should be placed. However, when it comes to deciding whether to use a sign or …Read more…

  • How to Really Stop Sexual Harassment

    Even before the Harvey Weinstein mess hit the headlines we were warning that you needed to institute a sexual harassment training program and teaching you how to conduct an investigation when a complaint was filed. Later, after Weinstein and the birth of the #MeToo movement, we relied on expert advice …Read more…

  • NHTSA Targets Young Males in Seat Belt Safety Campaign

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has kicked off its annual Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign. The movement supports law enforcement efforts to increase seat belt use, which is mandatory in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. “Safety is …Read more…

  • Managing Your SHEQ Legal Liability in the Property Sector

    The property sector has a vast array of legal duties imposed on it  from the developer of property to the buyer and anyone in between has some legal obligation that needs to be met.  I recently received a call from a client, asking how they should manage the application of …Read more…

  • Companies Lack Sexual Harassment Training

    Roger Ailes. Harvey Weinstein. Matt Lauer. With so many high-profile alleged cases of sexual harassment in the news, a new survey states that employers still are not taking steps to prevent and address the widespread issue. A mere 32 percent of American workers say the company for which they work does not …Read more…

  • Reducing Corporate Risk to Worker Health from Toxic Chemicals

    I was visiting a small, long-standing U.S. factory, tucked into an industrial area in a booming West Coast city. Signs posted in the fabrication and office spaces diligently reminded employees to wear ear plugs and safety glasses. Everyone was proudly in compliance. What stunned me was that the factory was …Read more…

  • Computer Vision Syndrome Decreases Worker Productivity

    In today’s workforce, computer use and use of digital devices is not limited to the office worker, but occurs in every shop floor, laboratory and other production facility.  Manufacturing and industrial operations have computers or other digital screen devices in almost all aspects of their operations. Workers and employers now …Read more…

  • Don’t come to work sick

    In the rife of pending deadlines, economical lay-offs and swarming in-boxes you get the flu! Tiredly you drag your body out of bed and go to work – doing the right thing? Wrong! According to the Loyola University Health System Occupational Health Services, people who come to work sick are …Read more…

  • Toyota President: Worker Investment is Key to Continuous Improvement

    Sean Suggs, recently promoted to president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, speaks often about his plant’s future being in its people, and he’s certainly wasted no time making good on that prediction. Late last month, Suggs announced that Toyota is investing $170 million in new equipment in the plant, a …Read more…

  • 10 Issues Employee Induction Must Cover

    Successful Health and Safety induction programs are designed to cover all the bases. All the Safety and Health basics new workers and visitors need to know are included, and the management system ensures that every-one goes through induction – from the CEO to the new worker. Every organisation’s Safety induction …Read more…

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