Safety Monday: PPEs in a time of Global Shortage

There is a question of what to do about the shortage of PPEs, following the outbreak of coronavirus. For many companies and their HSEs, this is a major concern. Before the outbreak of coronavirus, a number of work environments required the use of different types of PPEs – gloves(cut resistant and rubber), ear muffs, face masks, helmets, gowns, goggles, etc. Interestingly more work environments now would require some of these items for obvious reasons. However, providing some of these have suddenly become challenging, even for governments. According to re recent…

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Workplace Safety after Coronavirus Lock-down

After the rain, comes the sun, they say. This coronavirus pandemic would certainly not have a different course. Currently, the United States of America has recorded the highest number of infections as well as the highest number of deaths with 960,896 cases and 54,265 deaths. Despite these numbers, the major conversation for the United States now is opening the economy – to be or not to be. Those in support express concern for dire economic consequences if total lockdown proceeds endlessly. The above might not be our line of argument,…

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CORONAVIRUS: MUCH HOPE, MORE CAUTION

Much has been so far said about the novel coronavirus and we can’t afford to further cloud the discussion. So much fear, despair, death and carnage recorded and conceived by many. Green Shield Safety would rather sell hope in these times. Yes, “hope”. It was Nelson Mandela who said, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”. In the past weeks, we might have recorded lost time, lost man-hour, a slide in projections, stagnation, and death of someone we know or someone we love. As a person of faith,…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Workplace Safety Tips

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is no longer news. From Asia to the Americas, down to Europe and Africa, one moment of infection, disease and fear seems to define our connectedness and collective fear. The stock market and the global economy are all in a panic mode. But before we go to far, how does this affect your health and safety? What can you do? In Nigeria, the Ministry of Health has outlined a few steps you need to take within: Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water and…

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A Look at Workplace Health and Safety

Probably just for the purpose of refreshing our minds on a new year, let’s take a look at workplace health and safety issues. Why do fatal incidents occur? What are the causes or sources  of these unfortunate events? What really can an HSE or staff do to minimize the possibilities of these occurrences. Before we jump into the WHYs and HOWs, let’s look at the WHAT! What do the numbers tell us about workplace health and safety? Very terrible I’d say: According to a report by premium times, a local…

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How to Measure Workplace Safety

There is always the need to measure workplace safety. This, obviously helps reduce downtimes due to injuries and illnesses and enforce productivity. This topic is pretty broad, but we will be as brief as permissible, and as simplistic as possible. How do you effectively measure safety in your workplace? There are several tested methods that can be used to reduce employee incidents and illnesses. One of the major methods for measuring safety is LEADING AND LAGGING indicators. Leading indicators are pre-incident measurements, which we can note before the incident happens.…

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6 WORKPLACE SAFETY TIPS WITH BENEFITS

Below are six workplace safety tips with benefits. Interestingly, workplace safety is neither magic nor rocket science. We have selected these few for two reasons. The first is their efficiency and the second is their simplicity. 1. Have safety standards clearly written. Most things will never get done in the office except they are written. It is important that you have safety standards well-articulated and written down for all to see. It is also important that you ensure that you put  written rules and standards in a simple language that…

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Common Mistakes Made While Buying Safety Shoes

The most common mistake made while buying safety shoes is setting out to buy a cheap safety shoe or nothing. Period! Upping the budget a little to get a deserving safety shoe is something to be proud of. Not for ego purposes though. Basically, you usually get what you paid for. As the saying goes, “Good things are not cheap; cheap things are not good”. Naturally and expected, saving money is part of the budget managing skills that we expect from a manager. But this becomes an issue when and…

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Benefits of Reflective Jackets and Vests

What really are the benefits of reflective jackets and vests? Many work areas have proved to be risk-prone and dangerous. In some environments workers  find themselves using big machinery which move large amounts of objects that could potentially fall and injure people.   Reflective jackets and vests are high visibility clothes in form vests and jackets that help increase visibility for workers in a work environment, thereby preventing accidents.   In the absence of large machines in a work environment as it were, we might have vehicles, tools, panels, slabs…

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Safety Shoe Codes – What Do They Mean?

There are occupations which present such daily hazards that protective gear must be worn while performing all necessary job functions. One of the most important pieces of this protective gear is a pair of safety shoes. But before you start buying inappropriate shoes make up your mind about the different safety codes that exist. Safety shoes are readily available and are one of the easiest ways to help prevent accidents and injuries in the workplace. There are international standards which define the various levels of protection provided by safety shoes.…

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