SAMTRAC International

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 days ago

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  • Asthma in the mines: Here’s what you can do

    Even for someone who is in peak physical condition with no chronic ailments, working in a mine poses a significant risk to their health. For someone who suffers from asthma, the stakes are even higher. Miners are at risk of developing lung diseases because of their regular exposure to airborne dust, and miners who are exposed to exhaust from diesel engines have an increased risk of dy...

  • HSE quiz: See how you measured up…

    Yesterday we set a quick quiz to help you assess how you compare on a global HSE scale. Below are the answers to each question.

  • Are you up to global HSE standards?

    Everyone needs a benchmark – how can you know whether what you’re doing is good enough, if you have nothing to compare it to?

SAMTRAC International

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 week ago

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  • I've completed my SAMTRAC - but can I do more?

    So you’ve done our SAMTRAC course and are considering further study. But – you’re unsure of the value. 

  • 6 tips on sticking to your construction deadlines

    Even on the small scale of renovating your home it seems that no matter what turnaround time your builder promises you, there’s always some delay or another. Sometimes the hold-up is perfectly legitimate; other times it looks suspiciously like the result of people not bothering to deliver when they originally promised. It only takes missing a few small deadlines and the next thing you ...

SAMTRAC International

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

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  • The psychology of working in a safe environment

    We all know about the obvious legal and financial benefits that come with giving health and safety instruction to employees. But what we don’t always appreciate is how your business can also enjoy enhanced productivity and satisfaction among your workforce by keeping the workplace safe – both physically and psychologically. With this in mind, here’s a look at the reasons behind this, a...

  • The true cost of construction accidents

    Construction, and the costs of construction accidents, is an area of major concern to employers. Many people do not realise how much accidents really cost, because a lot of the expense isn’t obvious. Attention to accident prevention can and will improve a company's overall success. 

  • Why your hard hat won’t save you: The benefits of a hierarchy of controls

    Or at least, your hard hat alone won’t save you. Today we’d like to take the opportunity to discuss the benefits of a ‘hierarchy of controls’, and how it can be used to create safe systems of work in your workplace. Traditionally, a hierarchy of controls has been used as a means of determining how to implement feasible and effective control solutions. This can be done in a few steps.

  • The Grayston Bridge collapse – and other such failures

    On October 14 2015, South Africa was left reeling when the bridge under construction over the M1 at Grayston collapsed, killing two people and injuring 19 others. Since then, several attempts have been made by the Department of Labour (DoL) to conduct an inquiry into the incident, and the causes behind it. Here we take a look at the state of the inquiry as of now, as well as what we c...

  • How to respond to 9 uncommon workplace emergencies

      By its very nature, no one can predict an emergency. But you can prepare for one. Employers need to take the time ensure they have the training and planning in place to effectively respond to an emergency. An emergency is defined as any unforeseen crisis that demands an immediate response. Emergencies in the workplace can include: a disruption of work harm to employees or cus...

  • Are you tired – or are you burnt out?

    We all suffer from occupational stress to one degree or another. This manifests in a variety of ways and generally we are able to cope. But, occupational stress and strain can have a variety of effects. One notable example is burnout. This is both characterised by adverse psychological and physical effects. From a health and safety perspective, burnout won’t only severely affect you a...

  • Looking ahead: HSE trends for 2017

      As we kick off the New Year, it’s time to look ahead to the emerging trends that will affect your work in health and safety. Many carry over from last year, but the instability of many factors means we still cannot ignore them. These trends have the potential to impact business operations or your role as an EHS, sustainability or risk professional.

SAMTRAC International

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 4 months ago

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  • How to roll out your HSE training

    Most occupational health and safety legislation requires employers to provide training to employees that enables them to perform their work in a manner that is safe and without risks to their health and safety. We all recognise the value and benefit of workforce training – it makes workers more efficient by increasing production, revenue, and profits while decreasing costs, waste, and ...

  • The state of HSE requirements in 5 developing countries

    Are you aware that people in developing countries are exposed to more than 80% of global occupational hazards? Everyone knows about occupational hazards, but the steps people take to mitigate these risks, or to keep them as low as possible, are different – because each geographical location poses a different (and unique) situation.

SAMTRAC International

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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  • The HSE lessons we can take from the Bangladesh fires

    On Saturday the 9th of September, a fire caused by an explosion in a boiler room tore through the four-storey structure of a packaging factory on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. Around 29 people were killed and 70 were injured. Bangladesh factory inspector general Syed Ahmed said an investigation into the cause of Saturday's accident would be opened. "We will find out t...

  • Update on ISO legislation

    Right now, the ISO standard fixed in everyone’s mind is the pending publication of ISO 45001. At the time of writing this, the International Organisation for Standardisation (IOS) has confirmed that ISO 45001 is only expected to be published in December 2017.

SAMTRAC International

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 months ago

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