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7 industrial safety practices no company can afford to ignore

25-05-2016

Photo shows two workers wearing head protectionWorkplace safety has become a hot-button issue in every industry. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3 million non-life threatening injuries occurred in the workplace in 2014. The good news is, that figure is 54,000 less than it was in 2013.

We can quote statistics until the cows come home, but the bottom line is, companies still have to work very hard to minimize the risk of injuries to their employees. Three million represents only a small segment of the population, but it is still a large enough number to draw attention to safety issues that are often ignored in many workplaces.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does its part to ensure that safety information is available to every employer in every sector of the American economy, but very often, a few posters and pamphlets in break rooms is not enough to keep everyone safe. Today’s employers have to go above and beyond to ensure employees are safe no matter what type of job they perform. Safety is no longer an issue just in warehouses, construction sites, and other locations where physical labor is performed. Today, employees sitting at desks …

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The wind industry: Five vital considerations for rescue and descent systems

19-05-2016

Photo shows a row of wind turbinesOne of the most worrying statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive in recent years shows that of all fatalities occurring in a work environment between 2013 and 2014, almost 3 out of every 10 were due to falls from height. While the HSE do not provide figures for specific industries in this context, one industry in which the potential risk of this occurring is higher than most is the wind energy industry, where working at extreme heights is an everyday necessity.

Professionals working in the wind energy industry are well aware of the risks that they face every day, but just being aware of the risks isn’t enough to reduce the chances of an incident occurring to an acceptable level. Health and safety managers must also provide construction and maintenance workers with the right equipment to stay safe.

Providing the correct equipment to lessen these risks ultimately helps to reduce the likelihood of injury or death happening in these environments. But another aspect, just as important as trying to prevent a fall from occurring, is the rescue procedure once a fall has been arrested. With the elevated risk of falls in the wind energy sector, rescue is evidently a v…

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How paediatric first aid courses help you become an effective child caregiver

11-05-2016

Photo shows a plaster being applied to a child

It’s not that curiosity is a bad thing that should be curtailed. No. Every parent and caregiver should nurture a child's innate curiosity. But instead of giving free rein to that curiosity, caregivers should temper that with vigilance and proper preparation, like taking up paediatric emergency first aid.

Often, there's a fine line between exploration and an accident. One moment, the child may be fiddling with an object, and the next moment, he's crying after he's been hurt.

Paediatric first aid courses are highly recommended to anyone who works closely with children, including au pairs, nannies, childminders, pre-school staff and crèche leaders. Even first-time parents will immensely benefit from these courses.

What do paediatric first aid training courses cover?

These courses combine theoretical and practical training in the field of first aid training, specific to infants and children aged one to those who are on the onset of puberty. The goal of these courses is to prepare learners in their role as first responders during times of accidents and emergencies. It is important to remember that in any emergency situation, prompt and proper action can often spell th…

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The dangers of welding and how to protect against them

11-05-2016

Photo shows a worker welding wearing personal protective equipmentWhether you're a skilled professional who's been using welding machinery since you were knee high to a grasshopper, or a clueless newbie picking up a welder for the first time for a spot of ambitious DIY, welding can be hazardous.

Combining heat, flame, light, dust and noise, there is a lot which can go wrong while welding if you do not exercise the correct precautions and understand the dangers. This blog will outline the most common welding risks and explain how to protect against them:

1. Burns

With a hot torch and flying sparks, burns are one of the biggest welding risks. Head to toe fire-resistant clothing is an essential part of your safety gear, ensuring that if sparks do land on you, they do not come into contact with your skin, or cause your clothing to set alight or melt onto you.

Synthetic fabrics are not suitable for welding work as they are more flammable and prone to melting. Instead opt for clothing made from heavy, natural materials with no fluff and a tight weave – wool and cotton are the best. Ensure that your hair is completely covered with a non-flammable hat or helmet and that you wear long sleeves tucked into gloves to protect your arms and hands.…

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