Notwithstanding the claims promoted by many companies of their million upon millions of hours of work done without a loss time incident, we are all very much aware that accidents happen. (If interested on my thoughts on the incident reporting scam please read this blog post – Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics and Loss Time Injuries).Accidents […]
Category Archives: Industrial Hygiene
Do You Really Need an HSE Legal Register?
There are, at least to me, a surprising number of companies operating without any real idea of their worker health & safety and/or environmental regulatory obligations. This is particularly true in developing countries, where there are undoubtedly many reasons for this lack of understanding of the HSE requirements:blissful ignorance, i.e., lack of awareness of the […]
Give a Helping Hand, But Keep Your Hands Safe!
Trauma of the hand, wrist and fingers is one of the more common injuries faced by workers in both developing and developed countries. For instance, the incidence rate of hand injuries reported for seven manufacturing environments around the world ranged from 4 to 11 per 100 workers per year. In the United States, workers with […]
The Sound of Silence: Hazards of a Noisy Workplace (and a Noisy Life)!
Noise is ubiquitous and not something we typically think of in our day-to-day life.But, from early morning to late at night we are inundated with noise. On the drive to work we start the day with horns honking and car radio or headset blasting music. At work we face the constant hum from fans, […]
Asia’s Arsenic Poisoning Crisis – What You Need to Know and What You Can Do About It
What some are calling the largest mass poisoning in history is happening literally under our feet! According to researchers from the University of California and Linkoping University, Sweden, “Bangladesh is grappling with the largest mass poisoning of a population in history because groundwater used for drinking has been contaminated with naturally occurring inorganic arsenic. It […]