It will come as no surprise that the majority of workplaces there are in the world use chemicals, or somehow produce other hazardous substances. Chemical safety is one of the biggest hurdles business' face and it becomes more complicated as the size of your workplace grows. Chemicals can be very dangerous, but they also enable us to create many things we would never have been able to, otherwise. Hazardous substances created through your work processes, however, are just dange
Continuing to use your usual spreadsheets could be costing your business thousands of pounds.
Spreadsheets have been a part of 'business' for a very, very long time. You probably see them all the time. Spreadsheets detailing your company risk analysis, spreadsheets tracking employee training levels and spreadsheets detailing all of the minute details that go into your environmental, health and safety program.
Unfortunately, spreadsheets are notorious for containi
Hey, I'm Dale. I'm the founder of the International Association for Chemical Safety and I often get asked how I go about getting my staff more inclined to speak up when they have an accident or notice a hazard or risk that they may have inadvertently created. As an expert in chemical safety legislation and compliance I hold the great honour of being in a role where I have the power to positively influence the attitudes and behaviours of people across many different industries
Chemical spills are a fairly common incident and they can happen at any time. They usually happen due to a failed or improperly closed container, or during transport via a dropped or damaged load. Fortunately, they're one of the easier hazards to contain and clean up but there are chemicals that are more dangerous than others and they require a more careful approach to control. It's very important to be able to quickly identify the chemical that is spilled as it may contain h
Having a strong safety program in place at work is essential. This program will inform your employees that you are properly able to ensure their safety while they're going through their daily work activities. It will also provide information on specific responsibilities and step-to-step work processes for certain jobs in your workplace. Your workplace safety program should be a constantly updated and easily accessible series of documents that can be referred to by anyone, at
Silica is another one of those things that is all around us without us really knowing it. It's got a plethora of applications and is used widely throughout many industries around the world. It's quite likely that you've seen silica out there in nature as it normally exists, as quartz, but it's also one of Mother Nature's main ingredients for sand in many places around the world as well as being the second most abundant mineral is our planets crust. Working with silica, or in
Hey guys. I've written a lot about potential risks around the workplace, but what does risk actually mean? It's important to understand that risk is not a hazard, even though (for some reason) they have become kind of synonymous. They do not mean the same thing! A hazard is something that may become a source of harm or have detrimental health effects on people. Risk is the probability of a person or persons being harmed or suffering those detrimental health effects. Here's an