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Chairman -International Safety Quality Environment Management Association,
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3i Approach to Slips and Trips

by Harrissafety on 11-03-2013 at 10:54 AM
Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work in many industries around the world and in many cases account for over 40% of all incidents reported. They are often the cause of major injuries resulting in long term absence which may have a major impact on individuals and society in general.

The solutions to address slips and trips are often simple and low-cost to implement. Yet companies fail to address it correctly. By following the measures described below they will certainly help you in implementing an effective program to reduce slips and trips within your company.
3i Slip and Trip Identification

What is important is to look at slips and trips as a very distinct hazard identification process that you need to tackle very carefully. The assessment process does not need to be complex or quantifiable with score ratings that most people never understand. It needs be what we call a very simple 3i approach.

1. Identify the slip trip hazards
2. Identify who will be at risk,
3. Identify the appropriate control measures

Identify the hazards in your workplace that may lead to slip or trip injuries and who will be at risk. Then decide on suitable and effective control measures which will prevent accidents occurring. Just remember do not use generic assessments in your decision making process as they quite often fail to address real local issues.
Prevention Methods to Prevent Slips and Trips

Once you have completed the 3i assessment you may need to implement control measures and in addition communicate to employees what is required of them as individuals at work.

For instance you might have identified power cables from hand power tools are the main cause of tripping incidents. So a simple safety control measure could be adopting the use of battery powered tools and eliminating the use of cables. This would result in total removal of the

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How can someone reach the top of the profession and become a leader in OHS?

by Harrissafety on 06-26-2013 at 09:51 AM

Wayne Harris Chairman of ISQEM

During my travels Im often asked the question how can someone reach the top in our profession and be recognised as a leader of OHS. I have listed below the top ten things that I recommend to people who either work for me, or I have mentored.

1. Think outside of the box and challenge normal ways of doing EHS.
2. Make sure you do not stagnate in one industry sector, be diverse and learn.
3. Think, act and talk like a businessman as well as an EHS professional.
4. Learn skills such as marketing, Public Relations, HR and finance.
5. Create your own personal image to reflect what you want to achieve.
6. Network at the right levels of the profession.
7. Visibility, get known locally and internationally.
8. Keep your knowledge up to date with latest trends, good and bad ones.
9. Seek and take advice when you need it
10. Always remember it takes a team to really make a success, so never claim you did it all yourself.

I know we can add all types of other attributes and values we need to adopt such as, communication, trust, respect, integrity, sensitivity etc., but what people need to do is have hard look at how they are perceived by others.

One of the main problems I have come across for people failing to progress in this industry is that they are out of date with business needs and the commercial world. In todays economic climate OHS professionals need to bring true business added value to their organisation.

Wayne Harris
Chairman of ISQEM

My Personal Safety Quotes:

by Harrissafety on 05-27-2013 at 12:07 PM
Over the years I have come up with several of my own safety and leadership quotations that I have used either in conferences, meetings or training sessions. Sometimes you can say just a few words and the message sticks with people for the rest of their lives. I have put below a few of my favourites that I have had success with when trying to make people accept their responsibilities and become leaders. Hopefully people will find useful to use during their own HSE or OHS training etc.

"Good leaders are those who know how to motivate and challenge people at all levels of an organization to achieve their best performance. In addition they support and provide the resources necessary to ensure it is possible to meet the goals that have been set.

No one cares how much you know about safety, until they know you can add to their success

If you want to be a safety leader you must have innovation to succeed

I may not be a financial director, but I can help reduce your financial loss

If you dont consider safety part of your leadership strategy, then youre in the wrong job

A company director who thinks safety is a costly overhead should resign at the first opportunity

Only a fool would take a risk that would lose money or cause personal injury

You cant say cutback on safety, and build a successful business in the same sentence

Real leaders know when to motivate and when to stand up for change

Wayne Harris
Chairman of ISQEM