Author:jaco-de-klerk

Collaborating to combat collisions

Collaborating to combat collisions 4th Apr 2022 Internationally, crashes and collisions are the leading cause of workplace deaths. Approximately 40% of these deaths are as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Crashes are also in the top five causes of workplace injuries. But there are those doing their part to combat this curse … and they deserve full credit. I wish I was shocked more by the following paragraph, which I read on hippo.co.za: “South Africa has about 750 000 km […]

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I fail to see how it’s fair

I fail to see how it’s fair 8th Feb 2022 As the issue and implementation of mandatory vaccination policies (MVPs) become ever more apparent to many South Africans, the question constantly arises whether a dismissal based on an employee’s failure to vaccinate (in line with such an MVP) would be deemed to be fair or not. Daniel van der Merwe, Eastern Cape provincial manager of the Consolidated Employers Organisation, explains that there has previously been very little to go on […]

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Workplace well-being of utmost importance

Workplace well-being of utmost importance 15th Dec 2021 There is no denying it, the global pandemic has affected us all. Health and well-being have understandably been important talking points in recent months, particularly in the workforce. But is the world of work doing anything to enhance the health of employees? Since April 2020, companies have had to restructure their strategies, digitise internal processes and adopt remote working practices. These changes have undoubtedly harmed motivation, productivity and mental health, which has […]

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Lifesaving safety symbols

Lifesaving safety symbols 1st Dec 2021 Do safety signs have any real effect on a company’s culture? JACO DE KLERK discovers that, when it comes to emergency planning and evacuation, signs could save lives. We chat with Ive Van de Velde, product marketing manager of safety and facility identification at Brady Identification Solutions EMEA. Which signs should organisations have in their emergency plans and within the building? In any building, you’ll commonly see five types of signs. The round, red […]

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Better the devil you know?

Better the devil you know? 18th Oct 2021 Trucks powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) are no better for the climate than conventional diesel trucks, and pollute the air far more than manufacturers claim. I was shocked to read that independent on-road tests – commissioned by Transport & Environment (T&E), Europe’s leading NGO campaigning for cleaner transport – show that LNG trucks are not a viable solution to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) or air pollutants. “To determine whether […]

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Breaking the silence

Breaking the silence 20th Aug 2021 Mental health issues have been placed firmly in the spotlight as the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps through the world. But has this had any effect on those who suffer in silence? I’m a journalist, through and through, and feel more comfortable reporting about something than writing about myself. I actually don’t like doing the latter at all, but I do feel it’s time to break the silence … I live with depression. Sometimes it’s a […]

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Long working hours could kill!

Long working hours could kill! 15th Jun 2021 Long working hours led to 745 000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016, a 29% increase since 2000, according to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO). This situation is being exacerbated by the current pandemic. I was shocked when I read these findings mid-May, which were published in Environment International – a multi-disciplinary, open access journal publishing high quality and […]

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One year on

One year on 15th Apr 2021 It’s been a year since the initial lockdown got underway and I truly thought that Covid-19 would be an unpleasant memory by now. I was wrong, but we do seem to be moving towards a place from where things can be rebuilt. We just need to stand together. I was surprised to receive not one, but two invites to “in-person” gatherings during April. One of these was the official launch of FAR UVC Africa […]

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Horses for courses

Horses for courses 24th Feb 2021 So, we all want to save the planet by lowering emissions. But which renewable fuels are best? In the piece “Corona stuck around, so what?” I explain that if we don’t start doing our part to save the environment, it won’t matter much if Corona sticks around. But there are, luckily, those who are doing their bit. In the article I highlight Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar Land Rover, which are both working to reduce CO2 […]

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