Confused About Dust, Particulates and Fumes in the Workplace? Part 1: Dust and Particulate Matter

Confused about the meaning of dust, combustible dust, particulate matter, PM2.5, PM10, coarse particulates, fine particulates, inhalable particulates, respirable particulates, nanoparticles, smoke, black smoke, black carbon, fibers, fumes, aerosols and mists?  Concerned about how these may affect health and safety of your workers? Uncertain about your legal responsibilities and how to manage these hazards at […]

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.  We […]

Kudos to HSE Professionals Working in the Developing World

Imagine that you have worked hard to gain an education, obtained your professional credentials and landed a job in your chosen profession.  Sounds great, right? Now consider that you are being paid much less than $1,000 per month for that job, that you have little or no support from senior management, that you have not been given […]

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 that […]

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 […]