Understanding Workplace Hazards

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Hazards are anything or situation with the potential to cause harm to people, property or the environment. Injury, death, diseases and stress are hazards on humans while damage property damage and loss of goods are property hazards. Environmental hazards degrade the environment. Hazards are everywhere, one would  be surprised at the high number of hazards in the workplace environment which usually go unnoticed. Anything one can identify as a likely cause ofRead More

IT ENTERED MY EYES – A STORY OF LOSSES DUE TO UNPREPAREDNESS

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The welding pieces fell into Aremu’s eye. During the short recess, his welding-goggles broke. He had kept it on the floor near him while he sat on the floor to eat his lunch. His partner mistakenly marched them. He got a new one from the store but it didn’t quite fit him – that was the last piece in stock. Because, the machine part he was working on had to be deliveredRead More

I THOUGHT YOU KNEW – THE CASE FOR PERMIT-TO-WORK SYSTEMS

I thought you knew - the case for permit-to-work systems

A technician was electrocuted at work. The two other work mates argued with each other. One said to the other, “I thought you knew he was working on the mains”. The other retorted, “You should have told me!” When there are many parties working in a work space or on a multi-faceted project, there is a tendency to miss out on vital information. The scenario is like the proverbial yam harvest whenRead More

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER APPROACH TO SAFETY PLANNING

Multi-stakeholder approach.

Four weeks ago, I got an idea. At the end of the thinking process, I had come up with an event for undergraduates. I called it ‘Entrepreneurs’ breakfast’. Immediately, I informed my roommate and three other friends. I asked them to be part of the planning process. So they got in with me in conceptualizing the breakfast. We quickly figured that we needed to involve some student groups, so we got acrossRead More

FIRE SAFETY PLAN

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A fire safety plan is a subset of an emergency plan which is designed to prevent and handle fire emergencies.  The safety plan seeks to pre-empt all possible fire scenario so as to reduce the possibility of their occurrence or to reduce their impact if they eventually occur. So we can state the aims of a fire safety plan as follows: Reduce the chances of the occurrence of a fire disaster inRead More