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 […]

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 […]

What You Need to Know About Asbestos in Asia – Because What You Don’t Know Can Kill

Asbestos kills!  According to the World Health Organization, about 125 million people in the world are currently exposed to asbestos at the workplace, and more than 107,000 deaths per year are attributable to occupational exposure to asbestos.  This equates to roughly a 1 in 1000 chance of mortality from asbestos exposure for those 125 million […]

Lead Exposure in the Workplace – Is This Really a Problem and Who is at Risk?

Occupational health issues are typically ignored by the vast majority of workers and businesses operating in developing countries, especially for those issues where exposure to toxins may take years to exhibit symptoms.  There are multiple reasons for this, including behavioural, cultural and socio-economic.  Regardless of the reason, the result is the same – workers are […]

How to Carry Out Your Own HSE Compliance Audit

In the last blog post, I discussed the process of developing a simple HSE Legal Register. We will continue that discussion to the obvious next step; that is, developing a simple system to assist in complying with the legislative requirements imposed on your business.To be clear, in this blog post I am not discussing compliance […]