Author:mariska-morris

Solutions to prevent slips

Although a common cause of workplace injuries, slips, trips and falls are often very easily managed by implementing some simple preventative measures. MARISKA MORRIS investigates Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common causes of workplace injuries globally and across all industries. Every sector is at risk of having an employee slip or trip and fall. The extent of the injury will depend on the fall, but could range from a bruised hip or a broken bone to […]

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Most essential bath ever taken

While prevention is always the best approach, companies should be equipped to reduce harm once an accident occurs. MARISKA MORRIS takes a look at how safety showers and eyebaths can assist employees who are exposed to hazardous chemicals Although precautionary procedures and protective clothing remain the most important aspects of workplace safety, employers should also be prepared to respond when an accident occurs, whether this means stocking a burn kit, providing first aid or installing eyebaths and showers. The latter […]

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A decade of award – winning safety

SGB-Cape snatched up a total of 17 awards for its impeccable safety standards at the 2019 NOSCAR Awards. MARISKA MORRIS gains some expert insights from this industry leader Each year, the National Occupational Safety Association (NOSA) hosts its NOSCAR Awards to recognise and congratulate clients who have achieved excellence in health and safety. The 2019 event took place in Kramerville, Johannesburg, in October. Over the past decade, SGB-Cape has won an incredible 73 awards! “SGB-Cape received recognition for its quality, […]

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Gaining expert insights at Noshcon

From the benefits of micro-learning to preventing workplace violence, the annual Noshcon Conference once again provided occupational health and safety (OHS) officers with invaluable expert insights and advice. MARISKA MORRIS attended Each year, the National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) offers its members the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insights from experts into the challenges facing OHS officers and the changes taking place within the industry through its Noshcon Conference. Held at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton on September 12, […]

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Addressing noise in the workplace

Whether it is constant chatter in the office, or loud drilling on a construction site, noise pollution can result in an unproductive workplace. MARISKA MORRIS looks at some of the approaches to preventing noise in the workplace Consistently loud working environments can greatly impact on the performance and productivity of employees. Noise pollution can cause irritation and stress or be a distraction, which results in employees making mistakes. In a worst-case scenario, employees can suffer hearing loss or damage. As […]

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What Chernobyl taught the world

Occupational health and safety officers can learn a lot about safety from the newly released HBO mini-series on the meltdown of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986. MARISKA MORRIS shares some of the lessons learned American television network HBO is synonymous with good television and mostly recognised for the successful television series Game of Thrones. In its latest mini-series, Chernobyl, which aired in June, the network took a more documentary approach. The mini-series, which consists of five one-hour episodes, […]

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War on single-use plastic

Plastics SA believes the ban of single-use plastic bags by retailers, shopping malls and even countries is a rash response. MARISKA MORRIS investigates whether this is mass hysteria or the best solution to single-use plastic waste The United Nations officially started the countdown to an environmental catastrophe last year when it announced that the global population has only 12 years to prevent the irreversible damage caused by global warming. It is no wonder then that more people are taking environmentally […]

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Fresh air and sunlight for the office

Environmental factors such as air quality and lighting are often overlooked when employers address the ergonomics in an office. MARISKA MORRIS investigates their importance When ergonomics is mentioned, employers often think about whether the office chairs are comfortable, or whether a computer screen is within an employee’s line of vision. However, ergonomics includes a lot more than just these basic elements. The physical environment in which an employee works can have a huge impact on their productivity. In mining or […]

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Taking her out of his shoes

Although more women are entering non-traditional sectors, there remains very little personal protective equipment (PPE) specially designed for women. MARISKA MORRIS reports. Although women have been in the mining, construction and manufacturing industries for decades, recent years have seen the numbers of women employed in these sectors increase. There were an estimated 53 179 women working in the South African mining sector in 2017, compared to only 11 400 in 2002. In 2018, there were 40 065 women-owned contracting companies working in the […]

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Pouring knowledge at FDT

Various sectors of the food and beverage industry gathered at Food & Drink Technology (FDT) Africa to discuss health and safety, innovations and legislation. MARISKA MORRIS reports. The FDT Africa exhibition and conference was held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng, from September 4 to 6 and hosted various exhibits from all the sectors in the food and beverage industry. The Speakers Corner hosted presentations from industry specialists. Vera Fritsche, from the VDMA, spoke about how technology has […]

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