The Best On-Line HSE Resources

When I started my career, there were no PCs and no internet.  Our education was obtained by attending classes, reading books, and most importantly though work experience.  Today, one essentially has access via the internet to the collective global HSE knowledge-base.  Unfortunately, direct access to what is practically an infinite resource is not without problems.  […]

Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics and Loss Time Injuries

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics” – Mark Twain   I am very impressed by the large number of construction and manufacturing companies and/or large-scale projects that are celebrating one, two, ten, twenty, thirty… even one hundred million worker hours without a Loss Time Injury (LTI).   Even more impressive is […]

Perceived Risk and Worker Safety in Developing Countries or Why Do They Do That?

The multifaceted, complex and widely misunderstood concept of “risk” has fascinated me for many years, dating back at least to the late 1980s in North America when I began my involvement in ecological and human health risk assessments projects.  At that time, I was introduced to terms such as “voluntary” vs “involuntary” risk, “natural” vs […]

The Challenge of E-Waste Management in Developing Countries

Life was much quieter and simpler when I started my HSE careers in the late 1970s – no electro-house music, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no internet, and no e-waste! Now computers, mobile phones, TVs and other electronic equipment can be found worldwide, even in the poorest communities.   While the electronics/internet age unarguably has […]