Tag Archives: health and safety

Five of the worst workplace disasters in History

5 min read As workplace safety advocates grow stronger, so to do their detractors grow louder. It seems commonplace for any type of discussion that takes place on the internet that for every ten people who are totally for something there is one very loud person against it. Workplace safety discussion is no exception to […]

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April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Today marks the UN World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The date of April 28 has long been associated with trade union campaigns to commemorate the victims of occupational accidents. The title of this year’s theme is Workplace Stress: a collective challenge. This theme was chosen because workplace stress is a global issue, […]

You had a workplace incident… now what?

If you’re reading this, chances are you care about workplace safety. But believe it or not, lots of companies out there are simply not prepared to handle a major safety incident. Unfortunately, no matter how closely you follow protocol, you can’t prevent everything. Having a prevention policy is vital, but it is just as crucial to have a solid plan of action when the […]

5 things you need to know about New Zealand’s new Workplace Health and Safety laws

It’s time! The new Health and Safety at Work Act has dropped this week in New Zealand. So we thought it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to give you the cliff-notes version: Why were New Zealand’s new health and safety laws necessary? The new laws came about due to degrading workplace injury stats. At the […]

Has Zero Harm safety evolved into something harmful?

For many businesses, the concept of zero harm has become the core philosophy of workplace safety; that every worker should return home in the state that they arrived. Sounds good right? So how could a concept as aspirational as this, be causing so much debate within the workplace safety industry? Has Zero Harm evolved into something harmful? […]

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Here’s Your March Safety Digest

The latest news from the worldwide health and safety community. Wages have increased for Australian health and safety personnel, but many departments still struggle to apply successful mental health strategies Meanwhile, the Australian government and private insurers are increasing their investment into mental health services Review of Queensland turf farms shows a commitment to worker health and safety […]

Thinking of safety as profit

We all know that safety matters, but just how much does it matter in strictly numerical terms? Just voicing a commitment to safety can really turn things around. Take this anecdote about Paul O’Neill, one of the CEOs of Fortune 500 company Alcoa. O’Neill’s method teaches us an important lesson: Habits are formed, not forced. O’Neill made […]

Workplace wellness is risk management, too.

Companies that promote wellness are usually more productive. But as a simple value, there are more benefits to wellness than simply increasing the motivation to perform well. The best programs motivate employees to want to be a part of them, without being compulsory. Health is subjective and it is hard to set a single standard […]

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Your February Safety Digest

All the latest news from the worldwide health and safety community. Qantas sets a higher standard for workplace safety in the follow-up to the 2014 incident where a worker fell from the aircraft. Silicon Valley medical startup Theranos pressured to do damage control after U.S. regulators declared that one of their facilities poses an “immediate jeopardy to […]

Tech + Data = A Safer Workplace

Here’s a bit of tech news to be extremely hopeful for. An Israeli branch of IBM is developing a type of wearable device that can warn workers about imminent hazards around them. Called WorkRight, the product serves as a “real-time warning system” which is fully integrated into the environment and equipment around it. After reading over […]