Author:charleen-clarke

2020: Many lessons learnt

2020: Many lessons learnt 10th Dec 2020 As we come to the end of the most traumatic year – ever – for most of us, I find myself reflecting on the many lessons that I learnt in 2020. This has been a brutal year. As I write this article, 1 565 407 people have died as a direct result of Covid-19. There have been many other related deaths though. Just this morning I read a heartbreaking story. Kimberley Eccles, a […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is approved!

BREAKING NEWS: Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is approved! 2nd Dec 2020 The United Kingdom (UK) has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine – and it could start a mass vaccination programme as early as next week! The approval – announced today (December 2) – has led to hope worldwide that this signals the first step in getting Covid-19 under control and returning to a “normal” life. The vaccine was approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which regulates medicines, […]

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Take a bow, mining industry!

Take a bow, mining industry! 17th Aug 2020 The mining industry in South Africa should take a bow. Between 1993 and 2019, the industry experienced a 92% overall decline in the number of fatalities! And, in 2019, South Africa’s mining industry recorded the lowest number of fatalities since record-keeping began more than a century ago! These remarkable figures have emerged in a Health and Safety in Mining position paper published by Minerals Council South Africa in July 2020. They’re only […]

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More good news!

In our last issue, I wrote about the good news associated with Covid-19 (yes, I am an optimist). Now, I bring you more good news – and it won’t come as a surprise. For obvious reasons, the market for personal protective equipment  is exploding! Amedical technology-focused market intelligence and consulting company called Life Science Intelligence (LSI) has just released a report called “Covid-19 Impact on Global Market for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Gowns, Masks, Respirators”, which contains some fascinating – […]

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Covid-19: not just bad news

Covid-19 has been utterly horrific for humankind and the economy (both here in South Africa and globally too). But it’s not ALL bad … I’ve just read an article about old people who are dying alone in Spain. Their bodies are being discovered by the military. In some cases, they have been abandoned by their caregivers. In others, they lived alone. I cried as I read that story – because I could visualise them battling to breathe and then not […]

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If we fail, people die

I recently attended the 14th annual HSE Excellence Europe in Amsterdam and it reminded me – yet again – of the vital importance of proper health and safety procedures. After all, if SHEQ professionals fail at their jobs, people die … “Ten people will die at work today in Europe. Ten people died yesterday. Ten more will die tomorrow.” This sobering opening statement by Davide Scotti, head of HSE culture, communication and training at Saipem, drove home the need for […]

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Electric cars: to die for?

Electric vehicles may be good news for the environment, but they can be bad news for the people who work on them. In fact, as CHARLEEN CLARKE explains, they can be deadly. The headlines in British newspaper The Independent on January 16, 2016, were scary: “Electric cars: mechanics with no specialist training risk death when tinkering with the vehicles” the newspaper proclaimed. Now we all know the British press; they just love sensationalism. However, that headline amounted to much, much […]

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Load shedding is an opportunity!

South Africans should stop complaining about load shedding and see it as an opportunity. That’s according to Martin Emrich, a consultant for German-based leadership development agency Management Centre Europe (MCE) … CHARLEEN CLARKE finds out how on earth he can view load shedding in a positive light (no pun intended). No one knows the exact reason for the Eskom crisis. As Chris Hattingh, a researcher at the Free Market Foundation, so aptly notes: “If you counted every hair on your head, […]

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Electrifying times!

Electric vehicles are nothing new; they have existed since the 1800s. However, they are finally becoming a popular mode of transport, as CHARLEEN CLARKE discovers in Munich. Alexander Kotouc, head of product management BMW i at the BMW Group, is one very happy man. The success of BMW i is the reason why. “We outsold the BMW M division last year, which has been around for 40 years. That’s not bad for a brand that’s only just over four years […]

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Retail fashion or protective wear

Sweet-Orr, the well-known South African manufacturer of protective clothing, now has a showroom in Johannesburg! CHARLEEN CLARKE attended the official opening. When one thinks “protective clothing”, the words “practical” and “safe” come to mind. Not “cool”, “fashionable” or “trendy”. But Sweet-Orr is different! SHEQ MANAGEMENT first encountered the company, its owners and products at the Bauma exhibition last year – and we were both surprised and delighted at the range of clothing. We would happily wear many of their garments […]

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