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  • 5 Ways to Promote Safety in Cross-Cultural Settings

    Adapting to the global economy isn’t optional for occupational safety and health professionals anymore; it’s a necessity. A new peer-reviewed article by Michael A. Flynn (NIOSH), Elizabeth Castellanos (Heineken International) and Augusto Flores-Andrade (ARSEIN), titled “Safety Across Cultures: Understanding the Challenges,” examines how OSH employees and their employers can best promote safety in cross-cultural settings. […]

  • Structural inspections – When are owners liable?

    Construction Regulation (CR) 11(2), under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, places three duties on owners, regarding structural inspections.

  • Terminology for Nanotechnology Standard Now Available from ASTM International

    ASTM International Committee E56 on Nanotechnology has approved its first standard, E 2456, Terminology for Nanotechnology. The new standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E56.01 on Terminology and Nomenclature. Source: Safety Engineering

  • Managing Global Safety: The Power of One

    Global companies face global safety risks. That’s one of the lessons learned after the 1984 disaster in Bhopal, India, affected Union Carbide’s worldwide operations. Source: Safety Engineering


    For decades, the most egregious workplace safety violations have routinely escaped prosecution, even when they led directly to deaths or grievous injuries. Safety inspectors hardly ever called in the Justice Department. Congress repeatedly declined to toughen criminal laws for workplace deaths. Employers with extensive records of safety violations often paid insignificant fines and continued to […]

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  • 5.8% Increase to accident and injury-related pension payouts

    On 16 January, South African Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant, published in government gazette No. 41382 that she proposes a 5.8% increase for monthly pensions payable according to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act of 1993. The increase comes into effect on 1 April 2018. The above notice is applicable to those entitled to […]

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  • Excavation collapse results in death of employee in line of duty

    The collapse of an excavation on 29 January 2018, resulted in the death of an employee and injuring two others in the line of duty at Masingita Mall construction in Giyani. The employees were working for AJCOR Civils, a contractor appointed to extend the mall. Preliminary investigations conducted by an Occupational Health and Safety Inspector […]

  • Sheq Compliance Burdens Construction

    Construction sheq compliance could be a burdensome exercise. Michelle Bowmer takes a look at this issue and explains what should be done to address it.

  • SACPCMP clarifies construction health and safety liability

    The SACPCMP, registrar for project managers and construction health and safety professionals, clarified construction health and safety liability.

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