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 […]

Fakes and Worker Health and Safety – A Hidden Killer!

We are likely all aware of reports that off-spec, counterfeit and inferior quality medicines are being sold to developing countries (if not check out this article by Newton et al for a good overview of the problem).   We have also probably read reports of certain pesticides, which are not permitted for use in industrialized countries, […]